This is from Nikka's first distillery and was crafted using traditional distilling methods. The pot stills are still heated using a direct fire coal method instead of steam. This is said to create a more oily, rich flavor profile. It is aged for 15 years in a combination of American oak, sherry butt and Mizunara barrels.
Nikka Yoichi Single Malt 15 Year Old was tasted at Meeting No. 28 on September 25, 2014. Out of 5, we rated it very highly at 3.44. Nikka Yoichi Single Malt 15 Year Old ranks 9th overall in Japanese Whisky. Costing $120, this spirit is on the pricier side given the our rating of it.
Light, aromatic nose. Viscous in a way that is highly enjoyable as it allows you to relish the multiple layers in this fantastic spirit. Lingers with more layers to follow.
Rich sweet fruit scent. Remarkably viscous. Maple syrup on the second nose. Delicious but not terribly distinct.
Hint of peat on the nose. Taste is spicy and sweaty. Japan meets Islay? A lot better with water.
A little more shy on the nose than the Chichibu; first taste reveals the "funky old wood" flavor I often associated with Japanese whisky. Second pass seems like a little more straightforward traditional - definitely some sherry sweetness, some butter and spice.
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