The Yoichi Distillery of Nikka Whisky Distilling’s Hokkaido Plant was first established in 1934 by Masataka Taketsuru as Dai Nippon Kaju Co., Ltd. Yoichi Town offers ideal conditions for distilling, including pristine water, a cool climate and just the right amount of humidity. This is where Taketsuru and his wife Rita began their pursuit of the ultimate whiskey.
Today the Yoichi Distillery continues to produce whiskey with the traditional coal-fired method, which is rarely used any more in the world. The distillery’s lush green property can be toured free of charge, making it a popular tourism destination of Yoichi Town visited by people from Japan and abroad.
Nikka Whiskey can be purchased in the gift shop located at the Yoichi Distillery as well as supermarkets, liquor stores and souvenir shops in town and the surrounding area. Nikka Whiskey is also carried at stores in New Chitose Airport.
●Nikka Whiskey Hokkaido Plant Yoichi Distillery
7-6 Kurokawacho, Yoichi-gun, Hokkaido
Founder Masataka Taketsuru studied abroad in Scotland in 1918 where he learned about authentic whiskey making processes. Today many of the company’s whiskey products are highly sought after by whiskey fans outside of Japan.
In addition to the one in Yoichi Town, Nikka Whiskey is made in in Sendai at the Miyagikyo Distillery, but each uses a different pot still. The distillery in Yoichi uses malt that is a stronger and richer, while the one in Miyagikyo uses malt that is more vibrant and smoother. These blended pure malt whiskeys have their own individual strengths, offering a finish that is smooth, yet has a deep flavor.
In addition, the company also carries single malt whiskey and popular single cask whiskey only sold at the Yoichi Distillery.