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.
Single Malt Whisky
10 Year Old