Nikka Taketsuru 17Yr Pure Malt Japanese Whisky 竹鶴 700ml

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  • Taketsuru Pure Malt 17 Year Old has a perfect balance of gentle malt flavors and spiciness. This 17 year old whisky is aged in a combination of casks from Yoichi and Miyagikyo. Sherry butts provide the key component, with bourbon barrels as a complement.
Brand Nikka
Region Japan
Spirits Type Japanese Whisky
Spirits Style Pure Malt
ABV 43%

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The founder of Nikka and the father of Japanese whisky, Masataka Taketsuru came from a long line of sake brewers dating back to 1733. Destined to continue the legacy of making spirits, he trained as a chemist and was quickly recruited by the liquor company Settsu Shuzo. With a plan to make Japanese whisky, Settsu Shuzo sent Taketsuru to Scotland in 1918. He enrolled at the University of Glasgow, and became the first Japanese to study the art of making whisky. He took chemistry courses at the university and apprenticed at distilleries, learning first-hand from craftsmen and training as a blender. During his apprenticeship, Taketsuru met Jessie Roberta Cowan, a Scotswoman, with whom he fell madly in love. They married a year later. Jessie changed her name to Rita, and moved with Taketsuru back to Japan, to become his eternal muse and support throughout his career.