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Nikka Yoichi 15 Year Old

Cinnamon and mint

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@Pierre_WReview by @Pierre_W

10th Mar 2013


Nikka Yoichi 15 Year Old
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Yoichi is produced at Yoichi distillery, located on Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost main island. The distillery belongs to Nikka Whisky Distilling Company that in turn is owned by Asahi Breweries. Nikka was established in 1934 by Masataka Taketsuru, one of the founders of the Japanese whisky industry.

This is a rich nose! It starts with vanilla and peaches, followed by quite distinct cinnamon notes. There is a rubbery element hanging over it all. A good start into this tasting session!

The palate is medium-bodied, creamy and mouth coating. Right from the start there is some smoke, alongside – again – vanilla and cinnamon, followed by minty notes. Towards the end the palate gets more and more peppery.

The finish is rather long, with some chocolate making an appearance and smoke rounding it off.

I very much enjoyed this Yoichi, although I found the flavours a challenge to analyze. It is multi-layered, with fruity elements, smoke and rubbery notes all playing a role. An excellent single malt that is highly drinkable!

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Onibubba commented

Nice review. I just picked up a bottle of this yesterday. I would venture a point or two higher based on the uniqueness of the taste and finish. It pops hard on the tongue. Reminds me of the pickled ginger you eat in between courses to cleanse your palate at sushi bars. Great finish on this baby.

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