Dram Review: SMWS 116.19 Yoichi 余市 “Tobacconist by a Sweetie Shop”

[61.3%・20 Years Old・Distilled in 1994・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 526 Bottles]

Nose:

Saucy and buttery, caramelised popcorn, a pinch of furikake amidst the brown sugar and maple syrup. It’s intense and marvellous, rich creamy tobacco together with a splash of lime as the woodworking ambience sets in.

Palate & Finish:

A robust showing of prunes and dates with some aggressiveness from the pepper and the rubbery smoke followed by a softening sweetness from the cola gummy bears.

Chocolate and leather, black liquorice, toffee apples, with traces of peat and tobacco.

Thoughts:

The virgin oak influence is very potent in this provocative Pappy-esque Yoichi, but with that added personal pleasure that is peat.

☆ ☆ [Highly Recommended]

-Nicholas

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