Nikka Taketsuru 21 Years Old Pure Malt is a rich and complex blended malt, produced by Japanese whisky giant Nikka. The blend contains whiskies from Nikka’s Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. The Taketsuru blend is named in honor of the founding father of Japanese whisky, Masataka Taketsuru. After studying the art of whisky-making in Scotland, he returned to Japan where he began developing the country’s first genuine whisky. In 1934, Taketsuru established Nikka and founded the Yoichi distillery on the island of Hokkaido. Nikka’s second distillery, Miyagikyo, was built in 1969 on Japan’s main island Honshu.