The Japanese sure know how to surprise.
Made by the Yoichi distillery
, the second and smaller distillery of the Nikka Whisky Company
. It was founded in 1934 by one of the two most influential men in Japanese Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru
. Yoichi Distillery lies in southern Hokkaido and has three sides surrounded by mountains, a terrain much similar to the one found in Scotland, where Masataka studied the art of Whisky production and returned to Japan as a master blender - with a Scottish wife to boot. Yoichi possesses its own cooperage and is particularly careful when selecting its barrels. Known as Hogshead
the barrels are made on-site using new oak. Yoichi produces big, oily spirits in the Highland style.Nikka From The Barrel Whisky
is made by maturing malt and grain Whisky, blending them and then re-casking (a process known as “marriage”) to create a rich harmony of different Whiskies. It’s bottled directly from the re-casked barrels and therefore retains almost the same alcohol percentage. The Barrel Whisky has won top prizes in its category at the World Whisky Awards
in 2007 and 2010.