Well, what have we here (say this in the Lando Calrissian voice, please): a Yoichi 15 Year Old. Let me dust off the sample bottle and pour this baby. It has become almost unaffordable at this point (if you can find a bottle, that is), so allow me to take my time for this. It was taken off the shelves some two years ago and it does not look like it will return inside a decade. Waxy and fruity nose on apricots, peach and yellow plums. Hint of incense, marshmallow and lots of vanilla and nuts. Freshly cut Granny Smith keeps it quite fresh. Young, green twigs. Mizunara wood. Very nice. The body is very light, which is a bit disappointing. Lots of citrus on the palate, joined by something milky. Pretty sharp at first sip, but quickly becomes a lot more delicate. Clear presence of peat. Oriental spices from the wood. The finish is medium long and brings out more of the fruitiness. A very accessible, lovely Japanese whisky. But the new NAS-releases (especially the ones on sherry) are no less good in taste or intensity – au contraire.
@hawkscotch It all depends on where you live, I guess. My suggestion would be Catawiki, as I work there as whisky expert - and we serve worldwide - but depending on where you live, that might not work out for you. Google is your friend.
Thanks for the review. I have an unopened bottle of Yoichi 15 in my collection along with some other age stated Japanese whiskeys such as Taketsuru 21, Yamazaki 18, Hibiki 12 and Miyagikyo 12. For a variety of reasons my consumption of whiskey has pretty much ceased and I am considering paring down my collection. I am clueless when it comes to secondary markets. Any suggestion as to where to go or who to contact about selling bottles?