Nikka Whisky Distillery

One of our go-to drinks is Japan is Nikka Whisky. It’s an inexpensive and decent blend whisky. Also, it has a fabulous Scotchman mascot. I was super-excited to have a chance to go see the home of my favorite whisky. Even better, it was free!

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The front of the Nikka Distillery’s gate. Something I thought was neat was the use of the defunct katakana “Wi” (ヰ).

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And here he is – the mascot of Nikka Whisky!

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Decorative barrels were displayed throughout the distillery.

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Here are the bell distillers, distilling the whisky. The ropes are white papers on them are traditional Shinto ropes. They are used to ask protection from the gods, or to separate a sacred space from a regular one.

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We got to see some of the real barrels, too. Here are some barrels aging whisky. The whisky is aged for 10 years.

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These are models inside the whisky museum.

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Various whiskey making tools.

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These barrels in the museum demonstrated what whisky looks like at various stages of maturation.

There was a large collection of historical Nikka Whisky bottles, which was really cool to see.

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This bottle is a pair of cranes.

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Forest animals bottles.

We also got to see what the mascot looked like back in the day, and how he’s changed over time.

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He looked pretty weird a while back.

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A doll of the mascot, holding a whisky bottle.

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You got to choose one free sample, with a choice between Single-barrel, blended, or apple wine. I chose the apple wine. It was sweet and delicious.

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The garden at the rear gate of the distillery.

Well, that is all for Nikka Whisky! The next post will be about the Royce Chocolate Factory.


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