In 1918 a young Japanese man with a burning ambition to make authentic whisky in his homeland travelled to Scotland to unveil the secret of whisky making. He is Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka Whisky.

During his trip Masataka became the first Japanese national to master the art of making whisky. He enrolled at the University of Glasgow, took chemistry courses and then apprenticed at three Scotch distilleries, learning first-hand from craftsmen and mastering the tricky process of blending. His two notebooks filled with every detail later became Japan’s very first guide in whisky production.