|On the Production Methods of Pot Still Whisky: Campbeltown, Scotland, May 1920|
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| By Taketsuru, Masataka. Translated by Ruth Herd. Technical editor Professor Alan G. Wolstenholme|
| ISBN 9781846220784|
| Hardback 92 pages|
| Published 20 August 2021|
| UK Price £18.95 |
| US Price $27.50 |
In the winter of 1920, the 25 year-old Masataka Taketsuru, with his new wife Rita in tow, arrived in Campbeltown, a small town on the west coast of Scotland.
With the help of Professor Wilson of the Royal Technical College in Glasgow, the young Japanese had been fortunate enough to secure an invitation to undergo practical training in pot still whisky manufacture at the Hazelburn Distillery, then the largest of the Campbeltown distilleries.
Under the guidance of chief technician Peter Margach Innes, Taketsuru was able to delve into all aspects of whisky manufacture.
Four months later, he had completed this report. Taketsuru would go on to establish his own company - Nikka Whisky.
Today Nikka’s whiskies are known the world over, and frequently win awards.
This report formed the cornerstone of the nascent Japanese whisky industry.
It is also significant in that it provided a snapshot of Scotch whisky production as carried out a century ago in the town once dubbed the ‘whisky capital of the world’
Masataka Taketsuru (1894-1979) was a Japanese chemist and businessman, born into a family who had owned a sake brewery since 1733.
Ruth Herd is the Co-ordinator of Mandarin Chinese in the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication at Imperial College, London