Dram Review: Nikka Single Cask Malt Whisky (Yoichi 余市 Cask No. 400600)

[62.0%・15 Years Old・Distilled in 1992・Bottled in 2007・Official Bottling・Cask No. 400600・Single Cask Release] Nose: A stately and proper sense of oak.  The peat combines well with the oak; tobacco leaves, dried porcini and wet sand with a spray of brine. Palate & Finish: A deep and sharp stroke of acidic fruits together with a gentler underlying…

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Whisky Review: Yoichi 余市 2000’s

Style: Caramel-malt and Complex Nose: Smoky caramel butterscotch laminated with earthy menthol spice. Naked barley brimming emphatically, strolling down the lane we have orchard fruits contributing some nice sweetness and crispness. Very nice. Farmy peat with a slight touch of mineral and ink. Tobacco leaves, apricots and strawberry jam towards the end. Palate: Starts with…

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Whisky Review: Yoichi 余市 Single Malt

Style: Youthful and Fruity Nose: Youthful tropical fruits buzzing in, lemon balm sealing around it. Vanilla powder, barley sugar lightly torched with faint peat smoke. Underlying citrus orange surfaces and beaming positively. A small red chilli spike towards the end. Palate: More juvenile barley sugar and orange confectionaries clatter on the palate, a (surprisingly) light…

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Dram Review: Yoichi Genshu Aged 10 Years Cask No. 120913

[61.0%・10 Years Old・Bottled Circa 2000s・Official Bottling・Cask No. 120913・Single Cask Release] Nose: The nose is filled with creamy vanilla aromas, much satisfying and full of caramel fudge, toasted coconut chips, corn syrup, and comes with a generous char.  In time, it’s surprisingly woody with a bit of dirty coal soot that grows more prominent. Palate &…

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Whisky Review: SMWS 116.20 Yoichi 余市 “Fascinating complexity and finesse”

Style: Vanilla and Complex Nose: Vanilla toffee and hot toddy spiced up by white pepper on the nose. Round melon sweetness and wood shavings lightly smoked with gentle peat. A positive vibe. Caramel pudding followed by incredible amount of wood incense. Anise, cinnamon stewed with fruits which has been lurking deep with the malt. A…

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Whisky Review: Yoichi 余市 Aged 20 Years Single Cask #400654

Style: Rich and Complex Nose: Cold breeze of peppermint mist diffusing across to the nose, slowly, smooth edges of fruity malt become more visible with traces of ashy smoke gently weaved into the aroma. Stew fruits, timber shavings, coffee and cloves all combined beautifully, it feels the maturation has reached an optimal point. Rich and…

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Whisky Review: Yoichi 20 Years Old

Tasting Notes: Yoichi 余市 20 Years Old ☆☆ Style: Bold and Elegant Nose: Magnificent Aroma – heart-warming vanilla drizzled with delicious honey. Leathery, tobacco leaves with drops of raisin syrup slightly teasing your nose. Peat and ashy smoke glowing in the most charming way from the back, beautiful malt slowly pushing through… Incredibly complex and…

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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.…

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Dram Review: Yoichi Heavily Peated

[48.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2015・Official Bottling・Limited Release] I remember the distillery only peaty and salty 12 Yo quite fondly so I was looking forward to this Heavily Peated, despite it being a NAS. Nose: It’s rather milky on the nose with a coal element. The milky note somewhat resembles an Octomore but this is more refined, there’s…

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Dram Review: Yoichi 12 Years Old Woody & Vanillic

[55.0%・12 Years Old・Bottled Circa. 2012-2014・Official Bottling・Limited Release] This is a bottle supplied to Nikka bars in Japan exclusively. Bottled at 55% ABV. In many ways, keynote bottles such as this that aim to showcase the wide spectrum of the flavour profile that goes into the standard Yoichi range are more sought after by cask strength…

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