Miyagikyo Distillery was established in 1969 on a site chosen by Masataka Taketsuru the founder of the Nikka Whisky company. Miyagikyo Distillery is situated near the city of Sendai in the north of the main Japanese island of Honsh? near the city of Sendai and is also referred to as Sendai Distillery. Sitting at an altitude of just over 200m and encircled and sheltered by mountains and forests where rain falling on the surrounding mountains drains through peaty soils as it makes its way into streams and rivers thereby adding a peatiness to the water used in the distillery’s production process. Miyagikyo Distillery’s malt whisky is produced using eight stills and worm tubs and a Coffey Still installed in 1999 is used to produce Coffey malt whisky. Grain whisky is also produced from column stills. Miyagikyo produces both grain and malt spirits which are released in blends, as single malt whisky and as single grain whisky.