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Yoichi 10 Year Old

(70cl, 45%)

Yoichi 10 Year Old

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Yoichi 10 Bottling Note

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.

This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos just get in touch!

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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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Yoichi 10 Year Old Reviews


When I obtained this bottle - and paid a pretty little penny for it - I thought, yes!!! .. got one! Well, when the time came to sampling its exalted pedigree of all things Japanese, I got a peculiar shock... it wasn't unlike any other peated Single Malt of the same age.

30th July 2020


My first whisky experience was with yoichi 10 year old. Still couldn't find one that can replace this spectacular taste. It's a shame we finished the entire bottle within one night.

6th August 2017

This one and Yamazaki 18

I am no expert but i can not find better one and have tried many.
The only thing is i can not decide which one is better.
I would say yoichi just slightly.

27th April 2017


Fresh, fruit, light oak

23rd July 2016


Fresh, fruity, light oak, easy to drink

23rd July 2016


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

Japanese perfection

Probably the best whiskey ever made.

20th April 2016

Great whisky

I was really surprised by the taste of that whisky. I'll definitely buy another bottle!

21st December 2015

Best whisky i've ever tasted.

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!

17th December 2015

Kevin cross

Excellent thank you

3rd December 2015

Hard to review!

Nose: good and balanced fruit notes, with peach and sherry.
Palate: sweet, but the peat smoke comes too strong at the first taste
Finish: 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

No expert but this is awesome

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

No expert

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

Smooth and a wee bit smoky

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

Very Nice

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

this is how whisky should be

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

Well balanced Sweetness all around

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

Very very good.

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 to
sell and ship. Delicious

26th November 2012

Ikebana whisky

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

Winner every year

Best Single Malt in 2007/8/9/11!
murrays bible 97 from 100 !!!

12th September 2012

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