Nikka Key Malt

Yoichi, Aged 12 Years, Peaty & Salty

ABV 55%
REVIEWED Issue 56
Specifications
Brand: Yoichi
Expression: Yoichi, Aged 12 Years, Peaty & Salty
Type: Japan Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 12 years old
ABV: 55%
Country/Region: Japan
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Awards
Recommended
Issue 56
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Yoichi Distillery, 7-6 Kurokawa-cho, Yoichi-cho, Yoichi-gun, Hokkaido, Japan
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Initially sweet with plenty of American oak (vanilla, cream) then comes tinned apricot, something akin to a buttered scone.
Palate: Very smoky, much more than the nose suggests. An explosive peaty attack which is overlaid with intriguing floral notes: tar and blossom. Oily, yet sweet, rich but fragrant.
Finish: Iodine. Black grapes.
Comment: While the oak has grip the whole package has great balance. Excellent.
8.3
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Phenolic and fruity. Demerara sugar, hint of molasses. Kippers on toasted bread. Ozonic. Malty sweetness.
Palate: Thick, syrupy, sweet and oily. Tar sweets, liquorice. Opening up on spices. Malty crunchiness.
Finish: Dry, fruity, spicy.
Comment: An interesting combination of fruit and peat. They don't mingle, they keep playing hide and seek. More complexity than it appears. Water makes it caressing.
8.0
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