The Japanese distillery Nikka, arguably Suntory’s rival, has joined the movement and began to supply the Japanese alcohol beverage market with premium canned whisky and soda. “Highball”, the coined term for a pre-mix of whisky and soda usually appears on supermarket shelves in 350ml cans and has an alcohol volume of 8%.
Until recently Suntory was the major player supplying millions of local thirsty whisky drinkers with their refreshing non-overly carbonated Kaku highball. Credit should inevitably be given to Suntory for starting another fad and bringing competition and variety to the pre-mixed market.
To show their support of this successful boom, Nikka have produced premium pre-mixes using TAKETSURU Pure Malt that has been maturing for 12 years. Mr. Taketsuru is the legendary distiller and founder of Nikka who went against the odds and provided people with authentic whisky in an era dominated by Japanese spirits.
The TAKETSURU “highball” consists of malt whiskies matured for 12 years or more at the Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries that are blended in vats to produce outstanding pure malt whisky. It is delicious, lightly carbonated, and fragrant with a rich body and enjoyable aftertaste that lingers. This is indeed very good, certainly a standout worth consuming.