Nikka Whisky was created in 1934 by Masataka Taketsuru, known as the father or Japanese Whiskey. Enrolling at the University of Glasgow he became the first Japanese ever to study the art of whisky making. He took chemistry courses at the university and apprenticed at distilleries, learning first-hand from craftsmen and receiving training as a blender.In 1920 he returned to Japan and produced Japan's first Whisky. Masataka founded Nikka Whisky in 1934 distilling in Yoichi, Hokkaido, which he always considered to be the ideal site in Japan for whisky-making, similar in many ways to the Scottish town where he had studied. Today Nikka Whisky's two malt Whisky distilleries are Yoichi Distillery producing a peaty masculine malt, and Miyagikyo Distillery with an abundance of clean air and filtered underground water.