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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.
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.
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Fresh, fruit, light oak
23rd July 2016
Fresh, fruity, light oak, easy to drink
Its gone now.After it became known in a television series is the original barrel dried out quickly.Too bad I didn't know what I had when I had it.
16th May 2016
Probably the best whiskey ever made.
20th April 2016
I was really surprised by the taste of that whisky. I'll definitely buy another bottle!
21st December 2015
This semi peated whisky has probably the most unusual taste i have ever felt. It is smokey in the beginning when it touches your tongue and then brings up some sweetness. I would suggest letting this whisky breath a little bit before taking a sip. Strong and full taste.
17th December 2015
OMG! I feel such a fool for dismissing the idea of Japanese whisky. I know Japan a little, have a friend in Tokyo. I should have known better. When they decide to do something properly, they do and how. I'm not saying it's better than Scotch (god forbid) but it is better than a lot of the entry level 12 year old offerings from a lot of Scottish distilleries.This is sumptuous, rich, warm, spicy with a little salt, hint of nutmeg, honey, tropical fruits, smooth, mildly smokey. You can tell I'm drinking it as a write. I'll be buying a few more bottles of this. Not cheap though!
Excellent thank you
3rd December 2015
Nose: good and balanced fruit notes, with peach and sherry.Palate: sweet, but the peat smoke comes too strong at the first tasteFinish: looong everlasting finish with oak and light peat smoke.I'm sure I have to find the good way to taste it, maybe with the add of a little bit of water to let the fruit notes come out at first.If you are searching for a sweet, everyday whiskey I won't reccomend it, it's not really complex and it's not either a easy-taste whiskey. Good score after all
19th June 2015
I do agree with the official MoM tasting notes, I'd add I even feel some sherry in this one but I'm not sure if there's any Sherry finish in this one or not. Very oily body, fruity and gently peated.. If like me, you are looking for a sweet (even sherried) and mildly to gently peated whisky, search no more and grab this one. It's costly, but it's really wonderful and pretty much on its own compared to other scotch whiskies -that, by the way, I like too- but that are now going to be compared and evaluated after this Yoichi 10yo.
19th April 2015
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
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.
20th December 2012
Always get this when I'm in Japan and if you don't happen to visit, def try this. The Miyagikyo is wonderful also. Very rich drams, wonderful on the palate and on the way down, but the nose, like any high end whisky, is the best part. Can nose Yoichi all day. (and if you visit japan and get to grab 180ml bottles, well then you can easily sniff whenever the desire grabs you.... And btw MOM, ask Nikka to stock you with those unless they are unrealistic tosell and ship. Delicious
26th November 2012
A mix of Honey sweet and fresh fruits and flowers (layers, more than mix...)with a very light and cloud of smoke on finish.Surprising, different and "under control" without beeing boring as could be a simple allrounder. All seems in place like an ikebana bouquet...That's right that i'm new in whisky in general and in japanese in particular,and maybe my enthousiasm is a bit influenced and overpowered by that. But much drams (even high scored by whisky writters) disapointed me. Surely because they were just not for my palate despite their excellence. This one is made for me... Jim Murray seems to be a little disapointed, compared to older versions of this malt, in his 2013 bible. But of course, i didn't knew those older expressions of Yoichi 10, my palate has less sharpened tastebuds than any whisky writter and this whisky is a charming, amazing and delicate one for me... A jewel for my taste !
1st November 2012
Best Single Malt in 2007/8/9/11!murrays bible 97 from 100 !!!
12th September 2012