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An evening with Nikka Whisky

  • Magnum + Queens Wine 274 - 278 Coventry Street South Melbourne, VIC, 3205 Australia (map)

An evening with Nikka Whisky

For Whisky lovers, this event is not to be missed.

Here at Magnum + Queens wine is our jam, however specialty spirits also hold a place close to our heart. For those who have had the chance to visit our emporium online or in the flesh, know that in addition to over 700 bottles of wine, we also stock a selected range of incredible distilled goodies.

One of our favourites is Nikka Whisky. Whisky lovers around the world know that Japan happens to produce some of the most premium, delicate and incredible whisky’s on the market.

Please join us for a delicious evening of Japanese Whisky Tasting with the guru himself, our good friend and Nikka Whisky ambassador, Kevin Griffin.

You will learn about the history of Nikka whisky and how founder Masataka Taketsuru learnt the craft in Scotland and brought his advanced knowledge – and a Scottish wife – back to Japan.whisky flight, a unique whisky cocktail or two and matched snacks!

Thursday 24th October | 7pm - 9pm

Tickets are $95 + booking fee

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About Nikka Whisky

Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka and father of Japanese whisky.

In 1918, a young Japanese man with an ambition to make genuine whisky went alone to Scotland to unveil the secret of whisky making. He is Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka Whisky. Given the chance to go to Scotland, Masataka became the first Japanese ever to master how to make whisky. He enrolled at the University of Glasgow, took chemistry courses and then apprenticed at three Scotch distilleries. The young and passionate man was fortunate to learn first-hand from craftsmen and have practical trainings to master blending. The two notebooks filled with every detail later became Japan’s very first guide in whisky production.

In 1920 Masataka returned to Japan with his Scottish wife Jessie Roberta (Rita). The two had married earlier that year and Rita decided to immigrate to Japan to support her husband’s dream. However after returning to Japan, Masataka and Rita were heartbroken to find out that Settsu Shuzo, the company which invested in Masataka to learn in Scotland, had to abandon its plan to produce genuine whisky in Japan due to recessions after World War I. In the meantime another company, Kotobukiya Limited (Suntory), was in search for someone who could conduct whisky production. Being the only Japanese who knew how to produce whisky at that time, Masataka was hired by Kotobukiya in 1923 to direct building the Yamazaki Distillery. There he led the project and devoted himself to producing Japan’s first genuine whisky.

After his ten year contract with Kotobukiya, Masataka decided to become independent to make his own ideal whisky. In 1934 he went north and built his first distillery in Yoichi, Hokkaido, a place - though inconveniently located - he had always considered to be the ideal site for him to make whisky. The environmental conditions of Yoichi were in many ways similar to those of Scotland with a cool climate, crisp air and appropriate humidity. The company first started producing apple products under the name of “Dai Nippon Kaju”, meaning the “Great Japanese Juice Company” while he was preparing to produce whisky. In 1936 the first pot still designed by Masataka and made in Japan was installed and started distillation. Finally in 1940 the first whisky from Nikka was launched. The brand name of this whisky was “NIKKA WHISKY”, short for "Nippon Kaju", which later became the name of the company itself.


Tickets

Thursday 24th October | 7pm - 9pm

Tickets are $95 + booking fee

Click here to secure your ticket!

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