Nikka Yoichi Single Malt

70cl / 45%
  • Japanese Single Malt Whisky
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Nikka Yoichi Single Malt
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Relaunched in 2016, this comes from Nikka's excellent Yoichi distillery. This is a blend of single malts from different years and consequently does not carry an age statement. This is a smoky whisky with a maritime character.
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Japan
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Single Malt

Nikka Yoichi Single Malt Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Colour: Vibrant gold.

    Nose: Full-bodied, smooth. A mellow peat softly coats the aromatic palette at first, growing more powerful with time, as smoke, soot and salty notes transcend the initial nose. The aromas then evolve towards candied citrus fruit (lemon, orange), black liquorice and spices (nutmeg, ginger), and opens up with roots and dried twig aromas. Heady and floral (carnation, iris), it grows increasingly complex.

    Palate: Firm, powerful. A well-balanced attack gives equal footing to aromas of peat, smoke, spices, fresh fruit (melon, kiwi) and nuts (almond, walnut), which it delivers in spades. The mid-palate starts off with chocolate notes, but the peat soon takes the lead once again.

    Finish: Long, silky. Extremely mature, it overflows with ripe fruit (pear, Mirabelle plum, apple). The peat starts taking on an herbaceous and malty character, while the salty flavours gives the finish plenty of depth and coastal freshness. The final nose offers menthol, spicy (coriander, dill) and earthy (leather, chestnuts) notes.

1 Customer Review

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  • 4
    2 May 2016

    Before Adding Water Nose: Very light peat (faint) smoke/leather (similar to Taketsuru 17yo but not at the same level) Fall leaves and late summer/fall flowers Hint of sweetness - vanilla /cooked sugar Ripe fruits - citrus (a touch of sour) Taste: Faint hint of peat/smoke and leather Nut - mixed Fresh on the palate After a little water Nose: Ripe fruits (sour) still there (but faint) Nuttiness comes out more Light smoke/peat (more faint now) Less floral (takes a big back seat for me) Taste: Hint of spice Oak (appears) And what was mentioned earlier A few comments about this NAS SMW: 1. Don't expect this to be exactly identical to any Aged Statement Yoichi whiskies 2. It keeps many of the Yoichi characteristics, but they are all subtle. 3. In other words, there is no one dominant flavor that stands out. 4. Thus, the layering of flavors makes you work at it all and it is a fun adventure. 5. This is a whisky which needs a lot of time. I spent 30 minutes on it and that is because I wanted to get a comment out here as soon as I could. I am guessing time, like most SMWs will allow the exploration to be much greater for the experience. It might not be what Yoichi lovers want, but I am not at all disappointed. Several weeks after these notes were written I noticed that this NAS SMW has developed more. After having been open for a while and more whisky exposed to air, there is more peat to the nose and to the taste. Very pleased. If I could give this 4.5 stars I would, but for now 4 will have to do.