Nikka is today the new trend in malt whisky. Japan is now recognized by the great experts for its great quality and precision in production. For the past 7 years he has won at the World’s Whisky Awards with his Taketsuru 17 and 21 as the best Blended Malt and with Yoichi as the best Single Malt in the world. Masataka Taketsuru "the visionary" was born in 1894 from an ancient family of sake producers and is considered the father of Japanese whisky.