Nikka Miyagikyo Single Malt is a pure malt whisky distilled and aged in Miyagikyo distillery, the second distillery by Japanese whisky producers Nikka Whisky Distilling in Sendai, located in the north of Japan and built in 1969. Nikka Whisky was created by Masataka Taketsuru, the father of Japonese whisky. Inspired by Scottish whisky (Scotch), he decided to dedicate his life to producing whisky. Masataka enrolled at the University of Glasgow and 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. Masataka's vision of whisky was formed by his experience in Scotland, and he knew that the right environment was essential. However, it was becoming apparent that in order to produce whisky as he felt it had to be, he would have to become independent so he set up his own company, Nikka Whisky, which has two distilleries still in use today: Yochi and Miyagikyo.
Sendai was selected as the location of Miyagikyo distillery because of its clean air, just the right humidity for storage, and abundant underground water filtered through a layer of peat; a distinct natural environment resulting in a malt whisky with a different character to that of Yoichi whisky. Travelling in the area one day, Masataka came upon this site completely enclosed by mountains and sandwiched between two rivers. He immediately knew that this was the perfect site for whisky distilling.