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Nikka Yoichi 10 Year Old

Please grow up a little!

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@michaelschoutReview by @michaelschout

1st Apr 2011


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I've had this bottle for nearly six months now and I'm finally opening it. I was really shocked that it was a screw-off cap instead of a quark.

Nose: It's a very sweet nose from the start. There's a strong aroma of fresh cut pineapple, but if you breath in too deeply there's a sharp alcohol bite on the nose. The alcohol bite mellowed out a little after I let it sit for 5 minutes.

Palate: You really taste oak at first, but then the young age starts to show and the alcohol diminishes the flavours. It's very spicy on the tongue. I get a slight flavour of peanut shells.

Finish: The finish is medium-long. The spice really lingers on the tongue. There's more of that peanut shell taste and a little hay.

Overall: There's nothing bad about this whisky, but there is nothing that is really spectacular. The word adequate perfectly describes this whisky. I believe that if this whisky was aged a little more it would be quite smooth and remarkable. It's a decent drink and I would never turn a dram of this down, but it didn't do much for me.

I don't know what a bottle of this goes for in the rest of the world, but here in Ontario it's almost three times as much money as a basic Glenfiddich 12 and I don't really think it warrants that high price. I'm sure the government really jacks up the price in Ontario.

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ProPatria commented

Is this the first Japanese whisky you have tried? do you know of any others that are available in Ontario?

8 years ago 0

Andrew commented

The LCBO website shows a Nikka Taketsuru 12y/o available along with a Karuizawa 8 y/o.

I think (really only think it could have been elsewhere) I've seen a Yamazaki and a Suntory "sample pack" available through vintages recently.

8 years ago 0

michaelschout commented

Yeah, I saw the taketsuru at an LCBO the other day. I was very tempted to buy it. And @ProPatria, yes, this was the first Japanese whisky I ever had.

8 years ago 0

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