Nikka Yoichi 10 Year Old Whisky

Nikka

Yoichi 10 Year Old Whisky

(0.7l, 45%)


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Big, oily, Highland style Japanese Whisky.

Japanese whiskies have received a lot of attention in Europe after a Yoichi won Whisky Magazine's Best of the Best in 2001.
 
But Japan's Whisky industry has been in existence longer than many realize. Yoichi was founded in 1934 by Masataka Taketsuru, a genuine hero in the Whisky world who studied Whisky production in 1920s Scotland, at Longmorn and Hazelburn among other places.
 
After he returned to Japan with his Scottish wife Rita, he built the Yoichi distillery on the north island of Hokkaido in an area which he considered close to the natural environment of Scotland.
 
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 a big, oily spirit, in the Highland style.
 
Trivia & SmartAss Corner
Interestingly, Japanese Whisky can act as an interesting comparison between Scotch and Bourbon, being a Scotch-style spirit matured in conditions with greater temperature variation closer to Kentucky.
 

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  • Style
    Single Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Hokkaido
  • Country
    Japan
  • Alcohol
    45%
  • Distillery
    Yoichi distillery
  • Bottler
    Nikka
  • Age
    10 Year Old
  • Chill Filtered?
    No
  • Single Cask?
    No

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smoky
oak
dried fruit
oily
vanilla
mint
red apple
caramel
floral
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Dog Dogson
Dog Dogson's
Smartass
Corner
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan and some other parts of the world distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and USA they spell it Whiskey.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Colour
Amber with gold reflection.
 
Smell / Nose
A clean apple and apricot fragrance. Very fresh, with notes of peat, light smoke and spice.
 
Taste / Palate
More light peat with some rounded vanilla and tobacco coming from the oak casks. Mint creams, then orangey, a perfect balance between oaky and fruity notes.
 
Finish
After the creaminess, the peat surges back. Long lasting finish revealing remarkable fruity, oaky and floral notes.
 
Comment
This is a wonderful Whisky at ten years old. On the face of it, this is expensive for a ten year old Whisky, but it's well worth the money in quality terms.
Ratings & Reviews
Leif
Leif,
I tried this in the flavor pack and liked it. Not enough to keep on stock in my bar, but it was nice. Slight smokiness but not too strong. I was surprised that at 45% ABV, that the nose wasn't as antiseptic as I'd anticipated.
Kelly
Kelly,
Amazing peaty smell with delicious smooth oak taste. When a dash of water is added the flavor profile intensifies and you get all kinds of flavors ending with oak.
Paul
Paul,
Nice medium Peat. Smooth and sweet.
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