Review: Nikka Yoichi Japanese Single Malt Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

100% Malted Barley
Distiller Yoichi (Yoichi, Japan)

Yoichi was Taketsuru’s ideal place to make whisky - in the north, and not too different than Scotland - humid and mountainous, surrounded by the sea, and even with peat bogs about (this, however, is made with Scottish peated barley). There used to be a nice 10 year old of this around, but, sadly the age statement is gone.

Review (2019)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: LZ8DSU

  • Bottling Date: ~2018

Apple, light smoke, macadamias, loads of stone fruit, almond, vanilla, nutmeg, apple seed, and even some dried mango. The palate is fruity, starting with apples and pears, progressing to a sweet, oaky middle, and finishing with a flourish of smoke, incense, and baking spices. The finish is very fruity, almost zesty with a citrus vibrancy and light spices. Smoke eventually controls the finish.

A very pleasant single malt, but not what the 10 year old used to be, sadly.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, at about $100 CAD.