Known as the father of Japanese whisky, Masataka Taketsuru started Nikka in 1952 after his establishment of two distilleries located in Hokkaido and Sendai. Recognised for its outstanding pure malt whiskies, the brand's Taketsuru series is ranged from non-aged to 25 years, each embodying a strong character of its own as a tribute to the label's founder.
- Two famous distilleries, Yoichi and Miyagikyo
- With La Maison du Whisky, launched brand to international ascent
- Widely sold in Europe