Dram Review: Nikka Single Cask Malt Whisky Yoichi Nicol’s Dram

[57.8%・14 Years Old・Distilled in 1986・Bottled in 2000・Official Bottling・Cask No. 126941・Single Cask Release] Nose: A heavy belter with a heavy-handed serving of intensely creamy vanilla splashed generously with cinnamon spices.  The oak begins to char in the background as the coal smoke draws some cured meat notes to go with the ripe fruits from the spirit.…

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Dram Review: Yoichi 余市 Manzanilla Wood Finish

[48.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 4,000 Bottles] Nose: The nose is compellingly rich, buttery and meaty toffee through and through and in time the equally rich malt begin to unfold. Palate & Finish: The Manzanilla finish lends a mellow and sweet side to things, with smooth honey leading and accompanied by mandarin peels, clean…

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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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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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Dram Review: Yoichi 12 Years Old

[45.0%・12 Years Old・Bottled Circa. 2010-2013・Official Bottling・General Release] This particular expression doesn’t surface on our shores that often, and I really dig it. Will be sad to see it go. Nose: Very fruity on the nose. Blackcurrants, blueberries and that sugary goodness in ripe Japanese strawberries. The oak comes out with underlying notes of smokiness and…

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