Masataka Taketsuru and his Scottish wife, Rita, opened their first distillery in Japan in 1931. Photo: courtesy Nikka Whisky

The story of Nikka: the Japanese man who brought Scotch whisky home, and its world-beating single malt

  • In 1918, Masataka Taketsuru went to Scotland to learn about whisky. He returned home in 1920 with a Scottish wife to set up his distillery
  • In 2001, its Nikka 10-year-old Single Cask Yoichi malt whisky was voted the world’s ‘Best of the Best’
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Masataka Taketsuru and his Scottish wife, Rita, opened their first distillery in Japan in 1931. Photo: courtesy Nikka Whisky
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