Nikka Yoichi Single Malt NAS

Sapporo’s sleeping giant

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26th May 2015

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About this score:

  • Nose: 22
  • Taste: 21
  • Finish: 21
  • Balance: 22

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Tasting Notes by Frost

Nikka has entered the market with NAS bottlings from their two whisky distilleries. This is part two covering Yoichi. Sold in a 500ml bottle and a very cheap ¥1600. The labelling is simple yet effective with white labels with black printed Kanji and Katakana, the edge of the substrate looks torn and homely.

In my opinion, Yoichi is Nikka’s rising star. I am excited to see if this small bottle can deliver on the Yoichi name. A big ask for such a small price tag. So I am sitting here in my hotel room in Shinjuku. You are wondering, does it contain those big salty, floral and gentle peat notes that Yoichi has become famous for?

Nose: black peppercorns, peat, apples, sherbet

Taste: green apples, banana, vanilla, cashews, brown sugar, aniseed, honey

Finish: gentle peat on the tail end.

You are not getting those big Yoichi flavours in here. But, you are still getting a good introduction to the distilleries style. The nose really is the strong point here. A good balanced whisky that serves as a good introduction to the distillery and smashing value for the price.


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Nikka Yoichi Single Malt NAS




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PeatyZealot wrote:

Ooooh good memories, I loved this one. Dangerously easy to drink

26 May 2015 13:46

Victor wrote:

So, this one having no age statement, there is a chance that it may continue to be available for sale in the Japan, anyway.

@PeatyZealot, nice endorsement!

26 May 2015 14:04

PeatyZealot wrote:

Yeah, maybe I should give them bad marks and leave negative comments just to keep people from buying it in order to give Nikka time to bring back the age statements ;)

27 May 2015 00:35

Frost wrote:

Ooops too late...The secret is out.

I've noticed some importers carry this, and cheap it isn't

31 May 2015 04:27

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