Founded in 1934 by Suntory's first master distiller, Nikka has risen to become Japan's second largest distiller, producing a wide range of single malts as well as their impressive blended whisky range. Single Malt - Single malts must be distilled in pot stills from a single distillery. Made from 100% malted barley, they embody the essence of a specific place. With two distilleries in the north of Japan, Yoichi and Miyagikyo, Nikka Whisky offers two different single malt expressions. Pure Malt (Blended Malt) - Pure Malts (called Blended Malts in Scotland) are a blend of different single malts. While still distilled from 100% malted barley in pot stills, multiple types of malt whiskies are blended by Nikka’s experienced blenders for a smooth and complex malt experience. Blended - Blended whiskies are a skilful combination of both malt and grain whiskies. Nikka’s two malt distilleries, Yoichi and Miyagikyo, provide the characterful pot still malts, while the Coffey Grain portion distilled from corn gives a smooth edge to the final blend. Grain Whisky - Grain whiskies are produced from cereals other than malted barley and/or distilled in continuous stills. Nikka operates two Coffey stills (named after its inventor Aeneas Coffey) within the Miyagikyo distillery for the elaboration of its grain whiskies. Spirits - While Nikka is primarily known for its award-winning whiskies, the company also has a long history of distilling white spirits for the domestic market, including gin and vodka. For the first time, Nikka has developed stunning new gin and vodka expressions based 100% on their Coffey still distillate.