FT: Nikka Yoichi Range Reviewin Tasting , Yoichi
Sayonara baby! Another photo of Japanese whisky, all of them closed *sniff*, this time from the Nikka Yoichi distillery with bottles from 10yo to the 1990 Single Cask bottling. Yoichi 10 years old was the first Japanese whisky I had and one of the first single malts I drank, so it fires in me nice memories of old times…
Another post for the Fucking thief. Stealing other persons’ whisky so you can know about it. Is this your photo? Write me to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will pay you… homage… and share with A Wardrobe of Whisky’s readers your experience on the tasting. Slainte!
So let’s crack them open, in a figurative way… and let’s review them.
Nikka Yoichi 10 years old
“ Peated Speyside like style. Really good whisky from Japan. Marvelous.”
Yoichi distillery continue to adhere to techniques such as the use of coal-fired pot stills, and otherwise remains loyal to the whisky-making traditions dating back to its foundation. Top whisky critic Jim Murray lists Yoichi as one of the six great malts in the world.
Definitively something you must try if you want to talk about single malts. Don't miss by any reason the Yamazaki 12 years old of the rival Suntory whisky maker.
This dram has a white-like color.
Nose (88): inexistent. sweet, fruity, floral, sherry, oak, toffee, peaches, tropical fruit. First nosing data is innacurate as the previous tasting sheet lacked of this field.
Palate (96): . sweet, hot, fruity, peat, wood, sherry, spices, honey. Bouquet data is innacurate as the previous tasting sheet lacked of this field.
Finish (88): no finish. sweet, peat, honey, spices. Finish length is innacurate as the previous tasting sheet lacked of this field.So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Nikka Single Malt Yoichi 10 year with 91 points over 100.
Nikka Yoichi 12 years old
“This whisky grows in the glass. Just give it five minutes on the glass and enjoy it. The best whisky of the Yoichi range.”
This japanese single malt whisky is perhaps the best whisky in the Yoichi range. If you enjoyed this one, give a try to Yoichi 10 years old
This dram has a cooper-like color.
Nose (92): strong. peaches, vanilla, honey, wood, citrus, a little peat, a little iodine, seaweed.
Palate (92): oily, powerful. peaches, wood, honey, spices, a little cloves, banana.
Finish (90): very long. honey, smoke, wood, vanilla.So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Nikka Yoichi 12 year with 91 points over 100.
Nikka Yoichi 15 years old
This dram has a cooper-like color.
Nose (89): strong. floral, vanilla, salt, a little wood.
Palate (88): smooth, oily, powerful. floral, sweet, malt, salt, smoke, spices.
Finish (89): long. salt, honey, pears.So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Nikka Yoichi 15 year with 89 points over 100.
Nikka Yoichi 20 years old
“A realy pity as big part of the fun is spoiled by the persistent aroma of sulphur in the whisky.”
This dram has a tawny-like color.
Nose (86): strong. floral, raisins, sulphur, cocoa.
Palate (87): smooth, oily, powerful. peaches, sulphur, wood, spices, anise, pepper.
Finish (87): long. honey, wood, spices, smoke.So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Nikka Single Malt Yoichi 20 year with 87 points over 100.
Nikka Yoichi 1990
I haven’t tasted this one
Cracking whiskies! For 12 years old is the best of the range but Yoichi 10yo it is also fantastic.