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Nikka

5-4-31 Minami Aoyanma , Minato-ku, Tokyo , 107-8616 , Japan
Tel: +81 3 3498 0331
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Articles (50)

100 Greatest Distilleries to Visit
Our team of writers around the world give you the distilleries you should visit.

December 2011, Issue 100, page 30

100 Greatest Whisky People
We highlight the people who have left a lasting legacy on the whisky world over the years.

December 2011, Issue 100, page 16

A Kuschty moment in time
Is rye whisky about to hit the big time? Dave thinks it certainly is...

March 2014, Issue 118, page 9

A new dawn for Bowmore (Brian Morrison)
After 38 years in whisky, Brian Morrison, managing director of Morrison Bowmore Distillers, is retiring from his executie position to become Joint Chairman. He reminisces with Charles Maclean

February 2002, Issue 21, page 34

A special relationship
Michael Jackson takes a reflective look at Japan, Scotland and whisky

November 2001, Issue 19, page 24

A Winter Playground
In the second of our reports from Hokkaido, the Whisky Magazine Japan team finds food and more drink for the soul.

December 2011, Issue 100, page 76

Ben Nevis
Ian Buxton peeks behind the scenes at one of Scotland's most enduring distilleries

June 2002, Issue 23, page 52

Big in Japan
Whisky Live Japan goes from strength to strength and is getting weirder as it does so. Marcin Miller mixes it with Tokyo's finest

March 2003, Issue 29, page 20

Big Sight Tokyo
One of Whisky Live's most impressive members of the family hit new heights this year and Rob Allanson was there to soak up the atmosphere.

April 2008, Issue 71, page 10

Bigger in Japan
Tokyo was host ot Whisky Live Japan 2001-and Marcin Miller was there to report on the festivities

February 2002, Issue 21, page 14

Boom time
A huge palm tree,immaculate croquet lawns,magnificent setting and impressive whiskies… we review Whisky Live London.

April 2009, Issue 79, page 10

Called to the bar
Whisky Magazine's barfly Kate Portman heads to the bright lights of the big city to investigate some great drinking spots.

November 2008, Issue 76, page 58

Carving out a niche (Karuizawa)
Karuizawa is one of Japan's smaller and lesser known distilleries.But as Dave Broom found out, it's producing some fine and unusual whisky

October 2005, Issue 51, page 32

Chills and thrills (Yoichi)
Dave Broomtries to discover the secret of Nikka by visiting its North Japanese Yoichi distillery

October 2003, Issue 34, page 32

City of Light
Paris by night has been unanimously praised in literature and travel guides. You may all have done it, walk down the Champs-Elysées at Christmas time or sit on a bench at the end of l'Ile-Saint-Loui...

October 2011, Issue 99, page 50

Confessions of a party animal (Charles Kennedy)
The leader of the Liberal Democrats Charles Kennedy, shares a dram with Jane Slade.

September 2000, Issue 11, page 60

Distinctive spectrum
The rise of Japanese whiskies is beginning to tempt collectors

December 2013, Issue 116, page 77

Drinking Under the Sydney Sun
Whisky is like Coca Cola in this city. Then there is always plenty in reach. But if you are looking for more intriguing, hard to find whiskies, then put Chris Middleton's guide in your pocket and head...

June 2011, Issue 96, page 46

Enduring Icons
With the search for the Global Icons of Whisky nearing its end, we turn our attention to the rest of the world; this includes producing nations such as Ireland, Japan, Canada and India

March 2012, Issue 102, page 6

Full House (Hanyu)
Dave Broom looks at the story behind this new Japanese whisky company which is upping the anté

June 2007, Issue 64, page 26

Future Casting
Our experts open their almanacs and explore the challenges facing the industry in 2011

January 2011, Issue 93, page 6

Future dream drams
Having experienced rocketing sales in the last few years, we see what is happening to the Japanese distilling scene

December 2013, Issue 116, page 21

Heart of Oak
Chris Bunting visits Japan's most maritime distillery.

February 2010, Issue 86, page 46

Icons of Whisky 2008
Following months of scrutiny,much debate and exhaustive rounds of voting, we finally reveal the cream of the crop in the whisky world.

February 2008, Issue 70, page 15

Icons of Whisky 2009
Following months of debate,scrutiny and several exhaustive rounds of voting,we finally reveal who has topped the Whisky Magazine charts.

February 2009, Issue 78, page 15

In search of the world's best whiskies
This is the third time we have held the Best of the Best. But as Dominic Roskrow reports, this is the biggest and most ambitious attempt yet to find the world's best whiskies

March 2005, Issue 46, page 18

In the shadow of Mount Fuji (Gotemba)
Gotemba Distillery enjoys special status in Japan. Dave Broom visited it

July 2006, Issue 57, page 32

Industry 'Oscars' honour the heroes of whisky
The Icons of Whisky recognise the people and companies that have made the biggest contribution to the world of whisky. Dominic Roskrow explains how the winners were chosen

March 2005, Issue 46, page 26

It's show time!
The greatest shows on earth. We provide an overview of Whisky Live in London and Tokyo

April 2007, Issue 63, page 58

Land of the rising sun
Dave Broom gives us his tips on places to go when in Japan.

November 2007, Issue 67, page 40

Lomond's Formidable Distiller
It isn't on the list of distilleries that more than a million visitors to Scotland descend upon each year. it isn't situated on some windswept, romantic, island shore and it isn't very pretty. But it ...

April 2011, Issue 95, page 36

Lost in a nation
Dave visits the new rebuilt Hanyu distillery and takes in some Japanese culture.

January 2008, Issue 69, page 12

New World Order
With the search for the Global Icons of Whisky nearing its end, we turn our attention to the rest of the world; this includes producing nations such as Ireland, Japan, Canada and India.

March 2013, Issue 110, page 6

Olympic Dreams
Joe Bates looks at how London City Airport is gearing up

March 2012, Issue 102, page 33

Osaka bound
Dave Broom gives us his tips on places to go when in Japan.

December 2007, Issue 68, page 36

Out of the ordinary
Dave Broom gives us his guide to staying ,eating,drinking and visiting in Japan

October 2006, Issue 59, page 34

Peter the great
Restless genius Peter Mackie was a true champion of malt. Tom Bruce-Gardyne describes the life of the whisky baron who created the White Horse.

April 2000, Issue 9, page 66

Premium Economy
Jonny McCormick takes a look at the auction houses.

April 2013, Issue 111, page 80

Q and A
Your questions answered

December 2013, Issue 116, page 82

Rising stars
The search is nearly over for the cream of the crop in the whisky world. In the final round of the regional voting our focus turns to the ‘rest of the world'.

February 2010, Issue 86, page 6

Royal visit to Glen Grant
Royal visit to Glen Grant His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, the Duke of Rothesay, recently opened the new bottling hall at the Glen Grant Distillery. The realisation of the project took 18 months t...

June 2013, Issue 112, page 7

Spirit of the architect
Ian Buxton looks at the man behind the iconic pagoda,his contemporaries and his legacy

March 2007, Issue 62, page 26

Stock of French whisky event rises
The first Whisky LiveParis was held inteh old Parisian stock market - and it was a success

October 2004, Issue 43, page 15

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The Art of Science
Dave Broom examines how Japan's distillers are taking their country's whiskies into the world.

January 1970, Issue 84, page 14

The best year yet
This year's Icons of Whisky were the toughest yet. Drawing up the shortlists was a nightmare.And the voting in nearly all categories was painfully close. Dominic Roskrowreports

March 2006, Issue 54, page 18

The Big Man
Gavin D. Smith looks at the fortunes of the Long John blend.

December 2011, Issue 100, page 40

The cream of the crop
Every year Whisky Magazine holds the Icons of Whisky, the international awards recognising the very best in the whisky industry

January 2007, Issue 61, page 50

The history makers
For our 10th anniversary issue,Ian Buxton profiles 10 people who have shaped today's global whisky industry.While these are only short biographical sketchs of individuals,all of whom deserve an articl...

November 2008, Issue 76, page 23

The Miller's Tale
This will be the last time I refer to the Ardbeg-sponsored Islay half marathon. Until next year's race, that is. Although it would not be unfair to suggest that the word 'race' is too strong a term fo...

November 2003, Issue 35, page 5

The Miller's Tale
Another fascinating 12 months in the world of whisky, then. The trend for small independents buying distilleries from large multinationals goes on. Announcements of new smaller-scale distilling projec...

March 2003, Issue 29, page 5

Whiskies (29)
Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Coffey 13 Years Old 1995 Single Cask
Single Grain - Japan - 64.00%
8 Silky and smooth.

Miyagikyo 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 45.00%
7 Nose is more attractive than the palate. Lacks elegance and cohesion.

Miyagikyo 1987, Cask No. 60236
Single Malt - Japan - 61.00%
7 How can whisky leave its signature behind that thick oak panelling? No chance.

Miyagikyo 1987, Cask no. 89714
Single Malt - Japan - 61.00%
7 Another example of sherry domination. Where's the balance?

Miyagikyo 1990 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 61.00%
7 Funny enough,that strong dram is better neat. But give it time.

Miyagikyo 1991, Cask No. 117705
Single Malt - Japan - 61.00%
7 Quite a nice refreshing dram when generously diluted.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Miyagikyo 22 Years Old 1986 Single Cask
Single Malt - Japan - 63.00%
8 The soft juicy Miyagikyo shows its darkside.

Miyagikyo No Age
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
7 Not at its best.

Miyagikyo Single Cask Sendai, 1990
Single Malt - Japan - 60.60%
7 The orangey colour suggests some sherry. Nikka's Sendai distillery has in this instance produced a nuttier, maltier style of whisky than Yoichi.

Nikka 34 Years Old
Blended - Japan - 43.00%
8 Big and complex. Slightly drying but avoids excessive woodiness.

Nikka All Malt 1989
Blended - Japan - 43.00%
7 An interesting idea, and it produces for Nikka a much sweeter style of whisky.

Nikka Black 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 40.00%
7 Easy-going, well-balanced. To be enjoyed as a refreshment with water and ice.

Nikka Coffey Grain 1995
Single Grain - Japan - 60.00%
Medium to full-bodied, but that slight mustiness diminishes its undoubted voluptuous charms.

Nikka Coffey Grain 1995 14 Years Old
Single Grain - Japan - 60.00%
7 A grainy profile enriched by fruity flavours. I'd happily try it chilled.

Nikka Pure Malt Black
Blended - Japan - 43.00%
7 A delicatessen whisky which quietly earns your respect.

Nikka Pure Malt Red
Blended - Japan - 43.00%
7 A classy and sophisticated all-rounder.

Nikka Pure Malt White
Blended - Japan - 43.00%
7 Very different,utterly beguiling and cleverly constructed.

Nikka Single Coffey Malt
- Japan - 55.00%
7 Layers of seductive soft fruitiness. A malt made in a Coffey still? Why the hell not.

Nikka Single Coffey Malt
Single Malt - Japan - 55.00%
7 Layers of seductive soft fruitiness. A malt made in a Coffey still? Why the hell not!

Nikka Super
Blended - Japan - 43.00%
8 Easily drinkable. Very pleasant. Refreshing. Not especially complex.

Nikka Super Nikka Malt
Blended - Japan - 43.00%
7 A growling bear among a bunch of deer-like whiskies.This is a good thing. The mushroomy noteis one I associate with new Japanese whiskies.

Taketsuru 12 Years old
Blended - Japan - 40.00%
6 Beautifully presented with fruit and barley working together. But a tad polite and falls just short of superstar status.

Taketsuru 17 Years Old
Blended - Japan - 43.00%
8 The creamy notes on the nose suggest more sweetness on the palate. Oak speaks up.

World Whiskies Awards 2012 - World's Best Blended Malt Whisky - Winner

Taketsuru 17 Years Old
Blended - Japan - 43.00%
6 A savoury whisky to accompany smoked cheese of pickled fish?

World Whiskies Awards 2011 - World's Best Blended Malt Whisky - Winner

Taketsuru 21 Years old
Blended Malt - Japan - 43.00%
7 Sweet enough to be attractive,sharp enough not to be cloying and spicy enough to prickle the tastebuds. A winner.

Tsuru
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
8

Tsuru 17 Years Old
Blended - Japan - 43.00%
8 The finish pulls it down. Other than that, very approachable and highly drinkable.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Yoichi 10 Years old, 1998
Single Malt - Japan - 55.00%
8 Another cracker from that great distillery. Just a splash of water and it takes you further and further.

Yoichi 1991 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 58.00%
7 A warm but rich character. Water tames it a little. Some like it hot !

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