Of Nikka's two malt whisky distilleries, Yoichi produces rich, peaty and masculine malt. The whisky gets its distinct aroma and body from direct heating distillation, in which the pot stills are heated with finely powdered natural coal--the traditional method that is hardly ever used today, even in Scotland.
--is at Lat.43 10'N.Lon.14045'E,
or about the same Latitude as the middle of New York State, Toronto Canada, Vladivostok Russia.
--rests about 50km west of Sapporo City in southern Hokkaido, which is the northernmost of Japan's four principal islands, and was one of the last Japanese frontiers to be developed.
--has three sides surrounded by mountains, and one side on the coast (Sea of Japan).
--is blessed with the things that really matter to great whisky.
However, Scotch whisky captured the young man's imagination, as well as the interest of few other enterprising Japanese of that day. He decided to dedicate his life to whisky.
Hokkaido Yoichigun Yoichimachi Kurokawacho 7-6 Japan
Phone : +81 135 23 3131
Fax : +81 135 23 2202
The location was selected for whisky production because of its clean air, just the right humidity for storage, and abundant underground water filtered through a layer of peat. In Yoichi, Masataka Taketsuru saw numerous reminders of Scotland, and this convinced him that this should be the home of Japanese Whisky.
The Miyagikyo Distillery is also in northern Japan, in Sendai (lat.38 N), Miyagi Prefecture, northern Honshu. Travelling in the area one day, Masataka came upon this site completely enclosed by mountains and sandwiched between two rivers. He immediately knew that this was the perfect site for whisky distilling. Sendai's fresh water, suitable humidity and crisp air produce soft and mild malt.
Miyagiken Sendaishi Aoba Nikka 1 Japan
Phone : +81 22 395 2865
Fax : +81 22 395 2305