The other Grace Jones, with her favorite dram Credit: SWNS 
The other Grace Jones, with her favorite dram
Credit: SWNS 

Alpha females: Two women who made history with whiskey

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Correlation doesn’t imply causation, but we’re going with wishful thinking on this one. Grace Jones, Britain’s oldest person until she died recently at 112, credited her long life partly to a daily shot of Scotch.

“Whisky is very good for you,” the Telegraph reports Jones as saying of her Famous Grouse habit. “I started having a nightly tot of it when I turned 50, so I’ve been having it every night for the last 60 years and I certainly have no intention of stopping now.” We couldn’t agree more.

Masataka and Rita Taketsuru Credit: Royal Society of Chemistry 
Masataka and Rita Taketsuru
Credit: Royal Society of Chemistry 

Nikka’s Scottish connection

Not long after Jones was born, the U.K. played host to an encounter that would change the course of whiskey history. In 1919, in her Scottish hometown of Kirkintilloch, Rita Cowan met Masataka Taketsuru, who was there to study the art and science of making a dram.

The pair soon married and moved to Taketsuru’s native Japan, where he launched what became legendary distiller Nikka Whisky, the BBC relates. The location: Yoichi on the northern island of Hokkaido, which to him felt much like Scotland.

For playing a pivotal role in helping her husband release his first product, Rita Taketsuru is known as the mother of Japanese whisky. This August, Kirkintilloch will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the couple’s first meeting. We hope they’re planning to roll out some Nikka From the Barrel.🥃 

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