Masataka Taketsuru, seen as the father of Japanese whisky, was born in 1894 into a family that had been sake producers since 1733. After training as a chemist, he was hired by an Osaka-based company, Settsu Shuzo, which was planning to produce a Japanese whisky. The young Taketsuru was therefore sent to Scotland in 1919 in order to acquire the necessary technical knowledge and a minimum of experience. He studied at Glasgow University, also learning about the art of blending and distilling. He quickly became passionate about this Celtic spirit, and decided to devote his life to it. His dream was to create a malt distillery in Japan. When he returned to Japan in 1920, he realised that the project for which he had been recruited was not going to see the light of day. And, following the 1922 stock market crash, he lost his job. A year later, he joined the Kotobukiya group, for which he built a distillery close to Kyoto. This is how he became the father of the very first Japanese whisky in 1924.
Super Nikka Revival blended whisky is a limited edition that offers a journey through time transporting you directly into the Japanese whisky world of taste at the time of one of its founding fathers; Masataka Taketsuru, creator of Nikka. Bruised by the death a year earlier of his Scottish wife Rita, Masataka Taketsuru created in 1962 a blend of grain and Yoichi’s malts whiskies, called Super Nikka, to pay tribute to the love of his life. Super Nikka Revival will introduce you to the original recipe in which creamy and delicious aromas are coming with a profile of a rich and remarkable complexity. Rather air and slender nose with floral, herbaceous and spicy aromas, it will surprise the palate with its fruity sweetness of honey, raspberry, vanilla and coconut notes, that blends perfectly in the final with more spicy hints of ginger, saffron and pepper. All the expertise and creativity of the Master Taketsuru speak again in this limited edition for the delight of Japanese whisky lovers.