2018年01月09日

'Yoichi Distillery' in Hokkaido is the birthplace of 'Nikka Whisky'.

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Japan's first genuine whisky was produced at 'Yamazaki Distillery' in the suburbs of Kyoto by 'Kotobukiya', present Suntory in 1929. Mr. Masataka Taketsuru, who was the head manager of this distillery at that time, quit Kotobukiya aiming for perfect whisky. He founded a distillery in Yoichi, Hokkaido, to make the best Japanese whisky unlimitedly like Scotch Whisky. Yoichi and its neighborhood have Scottish weather, and are blessed with the good materials as well as the fuel for whisky making. This distillery still employs old-fashioned distilling equipment in order to put more importance on quality than quantity, being based on Quality-First-Policy. The first whisky was marketed in 1940, after undergoing all sorts of hardships, however this factory was under requisition by the Imperial Japanese Navy during the Second World War. As the pictures show, this old factory in operation is dotted with the original buildings such as the house of the founder's family, office building and many branch workshops for whisky making. This factory is open to the public.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 09:48 | Hokkaido | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする