A very well made single malt from Japan, Yoichi is the jewel in Nikka's crown, their 10 year old offering notes of vanilla and fruit. One batch of this received 93 points in the Jim Murray Whisky Bible.
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Nose: Plenty of fruit notes - peach stands out in particular, ripe, vibrant and subtly floral. Then there's rich vanilla custard, peat smoke and a hint of nutmeg spice.
Palate: Oily and sweet, with peat smoke following swiftly afterwards. Light oak and developing fruit notes beneath.
Finish: Appealing oak lasts on the finish.
Smooth and a wee bit smoky
I'd been told Japanese Whiskys were good, so i grabbed a bottle of this some time back, without ever having heard of Yoichi or Nikka. I remember being dissapointed it had a screw cap as opposed to a cork. It felt a little cheap, although clearly good quality, and at 10 years i really wasn't expecting much. It's now my go-to Whisky, and the Whisky i judge all others by. I love the powerful taste and long, long finish. None of my 21 or 18 year olds come close to this. Screw the dodgy cap i love it. Looking forward to trying Yoichi 15, and Yamazaki 18.
8th November 2014
I bought a sample of my first Japanese whiskey. Loved it---will get a bottle. Smooth, a tiny bit smoky, and a bit sweet
5th April 2014
I bought a bottle of this recently and very much enjoyed it for the smooth taste and excellent balance. its got its own well rounded character and makes a pleasant addition to any whisky collection. id recommend any whisky lover give it a spin.
7th February 2014
this is how whisky should be
I have to admit this whisky is really interesting, pro tip, put a bit on your tongue and breathe. Do not swallow. It will evolve dramatically in your mouth. All in all, a fine balanced whisky. Go for it.
27th June 2013
I'm a fond whisky drinker. This is how whisky should taste like: smooth, yet with an enormous depth. It starts with the nose, which is complex and round. Take your time to nose it to the full extent. Then, the nip/sip. Its taste lingers and lingers, with delightfull fruitfulness, a smokeyness that doesn't overwhelm and a palate that is powerful but very ballanced. this is one of the best whisky's I've ever tasted.
9th March 2013
I agree with the previous reviewer. I spent more time nosing this fine whiskey than actually sipping. It has a beautiful bouquet that was initially a bit spicy like cinnamon, but quickly evolved to fruity and ended on the last sip smelling of sweet delicate honey. I prefer peatier scotches, but as far as fruity whiskeys this was delightful.