Whisky Review: Yoichi 15 Years Old

Tasting Notes:

Yoichi 15 Years Old ☆

Style: Fruity and Smoky

Nose:

Raw green mango-like sour fruitiness and a hint of sweet liquorice building upon a nice foundation of tender vanilla, honey and malt, such a special set of aromas at the nose! Charred oak and smoked salmon notes can be felt lurking at the rear.

Palate:

Sweet honey drop with smoky flavours on the palate, followed by vanilla and citrusy orange notes which bring in some fruity fragrance and soft but lively sourness…Spice goes into a mini-burst and burns on the tongue for an instance at the back, freshly roasted coffee beans with smoky steam gives a good kick towards the finish.

Finish:

The oak, smoke and peat elements synergise to give a dry and ashy, but not offensive bitter finishing. Subtle vanilla and tropical fruits notes roll in to back up and enhance body as well as the flavour.

Thoughts:

Yoichi 15 serves up a dazzling and bold profile here! The unique raw fruit tartness gives a fresh and salivating injection to the nose and palate, and brings out more of the full-body sweetness… Then there is the ashy smokiness which is so chewy and savoury, direct coal-firing perhaps? Enjoy!

-Esmond