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, There is a 20% seller's fee on auction bottles. There are some Connosr members on the West Coast who may have an interest in those bottles if you aren't seeking full grey market prices. Retail vendors certainly won't pay you secondary market prices for those bottles, but interested whisky drinkers would pay some sort of premium. Personally, I am not interested in a purchase, but would entertain a trade.
Let us know how it goes. Best of luck!