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A delicious single malt from the Yoichi distillery, founded by Masataka Taketsuru in 1934. Taketsuru deemed the terroir to be perfect for whisky production, as this 15 year old will testify.
The nose is gentle and creamy with light fruits and a little nutty development. The palate is quite sweet with notes of subdued peat, winter spice and a nutty note. The finish is long and beautifully bittersweet.
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One of, if not the best whisky I have ever had. The nose gives you notice that there is something special going on there... complex and smoky. The palate reveals the complexity of the flavors, and supported nicely by the smokiness. The smoke is not overpowering, but plays a really nice sidenote adding to the complexity of the flavor. The mouthfeel is perfect, right where I like it to be. It has a smoothness that belies the complexity of the taste... Overall, I am extremely pleased with this bottle and wish I had been able to pick up a 2nd bottle... they sold out in less than 2 days in my neck of the woods.
12th November 2016
Simply nectar - get some if you can !!!
19th September 2016
24th April 2016
Fantastic combination of coffee, peat and that characteristic Japanese toffee/caramel tone.
13th September 2015
equivalent to JW red.
6th September 2015
very smooth whiskey with a sweet taste. has no burn with a peaty finish. no match for old pulteney 21 and Yoichi 15 cost more money
23rd July 2015
A DELIGHT TO THE SENSES..INCREDIBLE!
20th April 2015
Not bad but has a weak finish
29th March 2015
Understated at first. A sweetish almost mild maple scent. A couple of drops of water brings out peat sherry fruit maybe apricot and a soft nutty flavour. long sweet after taste.
14th January 2015
Let me first tell you that I'm either a whisky expert or a journalist. But simply a whisky consumer. I'd never heard of any Japanese whiskys before and I impulse bought a bottle. I did expect much cause of it's price and the general quality reputation for Japanese products. The first nip was euphoric! Complex, deep and sweet taste, exceptional smoke balance. Avery good composition, this is my favourite of all whiskys.
2nd December 2014
When i was first introduced to the Yamazaki 18 it was $99 a bottle. With it around $225 I can no longer keep it in circulation. This bottle from Yoichi is every bit as good as the Yamazaki 18. Exceptional.
24th February 2014
Had this whisky last night. It had some fruit, slightly peated and the wood was very dominante. Good for a dram.
27th December 2013
The only Whisky better than this, in my opinion, is the 20 year old but that's twice the price and only slightly better. I don't drink Whisky much so for me to spend £80 on a bottle, it has to be something special.
1st March 2013
The thing about yoichi is its batch variation,ive had distinctly average malts but ive also had some stunners. Right now ive got a bottle of this open which is one of the best ive had; subtle nose with a light splash of sherry, sweet start to the mouth and very fruity. Handful of nuts appear as it all goes savoury and good quality smoke wafts in (very light and quality cigar). Just when you think its done the sweetness makes a reprieve and last long with a lovely kiss of sherry. No sulphur in sight. No chill filtering and maybe 46-48% and this would be remarkable.
24th February 2013