Both the Nikka Miyagikyo Apple Brandy Wood Finish and the Nikka Yoichi Apple Brandy Wood Finish are bottled to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Masataka & Rita’s marriage. Rita Taketsuru, born Jessie Roberta Cowan, was the Scottish wife of Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka Whisky. It’s a well known fact that Masataka learned how to make whisky in Scotland, a place he fell in love (with). He is considered the founding father of Japanese whisky. This single malt whisky from Nikka’s Miyagikyo distillery finished in apple brandy casks.