Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo
Nikka keeps pumping out limited edition variations on their standards in this, their 80th anniversary year. Details have just been announced of two interesting new bottlings, both of which will be released on July 2nd, the anniversary day of the company. One is a non-chillfiltered version of their Taketsuru 21yo Pure Malt (48%abv), the other an apple brandy named after Taketsuru’s Scottish wife, Rita, matured for over 30 years (43%abv).
The non-chillfiltered Taketsuru is, in a way, a follow-up to the well-received Taketsuru 17 Non-Chillfiltered, which was released in 2012. (A handful of bottles were available through LMdW in early 2013.) The non-chillfiltered Taketsuru 21 is limited to 3,000 bottles and will retail for around 18,000 yen.
The ‘Rita’ Apple Brandy 30yo is limited to 1,000 bottles and will go for around 30,000 yen. This will probably be the more sought-after of the two releases, in spite of the hefty price tag, for historic reasons. Fans of Nikka will know that the company originally dabbled in apple juice, and related products (apple cider and brandy). The name ‘Nikka’ is, in fact, a contraction of Dai Nihon Kaju Kabushiki Kaisha (The Great Japan Juice Company).
Both products will be limited to the domestic market and will be available from selected liquor shops. A handful will be offered through the online Asahi shop.