At latitude 38.3°N
A beautiful glen in the northern mountains
the destination after pursuing an ideal location
Masataka aimed to make his blend more complex by widening the variety of whiskies. In 1967 he was exploring the northern part of the main island to find another ideal site for his second distillery. He came across a beautiful foggy glen surrounded by mountains and at a junction of two clean rivers. Once he tried the water from one of the rivers, which is now the water source, he was so impressed and immediately decided to build a distillery there. The name of the river was Nikkawa river by coincidence.
Malt whiskies reflecting different distillation methods
Masataka aimed to develop a complete contrast between Yoichi Distillery and Miyagikyo Distillery. Along with the different terroir, the different distillation method of Miyagikyo creates distinctive malt whiskies. Miyagikyo’s pot stills are much larger than those at Yoichi with different shapes such as a bulge neck and ascending lyne-arm. These pot stills are heated by indirect steam at a much lower temperature that allows slower distillation. This distillation method results in soft and floral characteristics in Miyagikyo Single Malt.
Grain whisky distilled in Coffey Stills
Miyagikyo Distillery produces grain whisky as well as malt whisky. The quality of grain whisky was one of the critical elements for Masataka’s ideal blending.
The Coffey Still is a very traditional type of a continuous still, which was invented by Mr. Aeneas Coffey in 1830. Masataka became familiar with the Coffey Still during his time at Bo’ness in Scotland and imported the first set in 1963. Despite its old-fashioned structure and inefficiency, he valued the feature of the Coffey Still, which retains more flavors originating from the grain itself. Today Nikka owns two sets of Coffey Stills, both operating within the Miyagikyo Distillery. Coffey-distilled whiskies and spirits are highly reputed in the world.
*The Coffey Stills were first installed at the Nishinomiya plant and later transferred to Miyagikyo Distillery in 1999.
Access to the Miyagikyo Distillery
Opening hours 9:00am-4:30pm
Closed over the New Year’s holiday and during distillery shutdowns.
*Some of which are not scheduled in advance.
For inquiries and reservations
TEL／+81 (0)22-395-2865 (9:00am-4:30pm) FAX／+81 (0)22-395-2305
There is a possibility the tour may be cancelled due to bad weather. During mid-winter some facilities cannot be observed. The route of guided tours will also be changed accordingly. English, Chinese and Korean head-sets are available. Please contact us for further information.
Nikka 1, Aoba, Sendai City, Miyagi 989-3433
Requests for visitors
For sanitary reasons, please refrain from bringing in food and drinks. Pets are not permitted inside the distillery property. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages if you have come by car or bicycle. Smoking is not allowed except in the designated smoking areas.