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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.