This is a single malt from the Yoichi distillery, Nikka’s first distillery built in 1934. The founder Masataka Taketsuru chose Yoichi in Hokkaido because of the similar environmental conditions to Scotland, where he learned whisky making. Yoichi single malt has 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 aging process.
Plenty of fruit notes with a good helping of peat at its core.
Nose: Citrus-flavoured boiled sweets, fresh baking aromas from brown bread and vanilla spice.
Palate: Sweet entry, fragrant, perfumed citrus. Peat comes through with a touch of smoke and a suggestion of coastal character, surrounded by orange peel and cherry.
Finish: Medium length, with a hint of salty breeze lasting, a hallmark of the distillery.