Japan isn’t renowned for its whisky, but actually it should be because the good stuff is very good indeed. These photos are from one of Nikka’s two distilleries in Japan – part of a travel story I was doing on the city of Sendai.
I think I could guess why Nikka chose the location for a distillery. Lake, misty hills, rain – about the nearest Japan gets to Scotland. The vending machines gave it away a bit though.
Note the shinto shimenawa on the pot stills. A shinto priest comes to bless the distillery every new year.