The Nikka Whisky Distilling Co. Ltd. is a producer of Japanese whisky and other beverages headquartered in Tokyo.
The company operates a number of distilleries in Japan including two Japanese whisky distilleries, the Yoichi distillery in Yoichi, Hokkaidō (established in 1934), and the Miyagikyo distillery in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Northern Honshū (established in 1969). It also owns the Ben Nevis Distillery (acquired in 1989) in Scotland.
Masataka Taketsuru is the founder of Nikka whisky and travelled to Scotland in 1918 to learn the art of distilling Scotch whisky first hand where he married and returned to Japan in 1920. In 1923 he joined Kotobukiya (currently Suntory) before starting Nikka in 1934. After their deaths, the company was run by their adoptive son, Takeshi Taketsuru, who expanded its business substantially. Nikka is currently owned by Asahi Breweries.
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