Yoichi Single Malt is described as bold and strong. Pleasant peaty notes and smokiness originating from the traditional direct coal-fired distillation as well as a briny hint delivered by the sea breeze during the ageing process.
The Yoichi Distillery is one of Nikka’s two malt distilleries. It uses imported Scottish peat, and distills on old-school coal-fired stills. Nikka formerly sold 10-year-old to 20-year-old Yoichi, but has discontinued them all in favor of this 45% ABV NAS.
So what’s in the bottle? The nose has stewed apple, pear, and buttery shortbread. There’s just a subtle whiff of white smoke at first–think Benromach 10–but it evolves in the glass, expands, and merges with a pleasant spiciness. The spice expands further on the palate: ground ginger, nutmeg, and fresh cut vanilla bean. There’s a touch of rawness in the spirit from a fresh bottle, but it quickly dissipates in the glass, and is gone for good by the second dram. Late on the palate there’s vanilla toffee and sweet oily smoke, then the finish adds lemon pith and Chardonnay barrel.