Yoichi

1987, Single Malt

ABV 43%
REVIEWED Issue 66, Issue 70
Specifications
Brand: Yoichi
Expression: 1987, Single Malt
Type: Japan Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 43%
Country/Region: Japan
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Awards
Recommended
Issue 70
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Yoichi Distillery, 7-6 Kurokawa-cho, Yoichi-cho, Yoichi-gun, Hokkaido, Japan
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Exotic,suggestive of Japan. Resin,sap and sandalwood. Black banana, dry roasted spices/ white pepper/black cardamom and a hit of pomegranatemolasses. Complex and multifaceted.
Palate: That mix of brininess,lanolin plus very pure fruits and added exotic spice (nutmeg especially). Then,in themiddle of mouth,a peat bomb adding another layer of flavour.
Finish: Long,complex.
Comment: Powerful yet elegant. A yokozuna of malt whisky.
9.1
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Intense. Intricate bouquet of wood notes. Sandalwood, floor polish. Antique shop. Elegantly combined with floral aromas (rosehip, freesia). Sweeter notes break through. Toffee. Liquorice.
Palate: Smooth, round and delicate. Perfect balance between wood, fruit and spices.
Finish: Soothing on dried fruit and nuts.
Comment: A superb combination of fruit and oak, so well integrated.
8.8
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Smoky and quite dry with a hint of rubber suggesting youth. Underneath this is a subtle perfume: moist banana, cumin powder.
Palate: Oak and smoke but there's dried peel, crème brûlée, orange peel and tropical fruit in the centre. Youth showing still.
Finish: Light smoke.
Comment: Not Yoichi at its most full-blooded and a little gawky but worth a look.
7.5
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Cheesy,rancid at start. Like entering a dairy after it has been washed. When aerated,opens on a floral note.Narcisses maybe. Liquorice.
Palate: Sweet then abruptly fizzy and tangy. Numbing the tongue. But mouthcoating and deliveringpleasant cooked fruit. Water enhances the spicy feel.
Finish: Warm,fizzy. Leaves the mouth dry.
Comment: A bit too broad shouldered. Does not seem to mellow with water. Some nice sides though.
7.3
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