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Single Malt Yoichi

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The "Single Malt Yoichi ” was newly assembled in the search for a malt whisky that could only be produced at the Yoichi Distillery.
It was released on September 1, 2015. The core of the product is the weight and aroma of straight-head bot still and direct coal-fired distillation.

 

Yoichi Distillery

Yoichi Distillery in Hokkaido is known as the Scotland of Japan. The distillery was established in 1934 by Masataka Taketsuru, also known as Masan, whose predecessor was Dainippon Fruit Juice Co.

 

 

Masataka Taketsuru believed that a place with a cool and humid climate similar to that of Scotland, a rich water source, and clean and crisp air was essential for ideal whisky production, and he chose Yoichi, located at the base of the Shakotan Peninsula, west of Otaru, from among various candidate locations. Masataka Taketsuru’s goal for his first distillery was to create a heavy and powerful malt whisky.

Masataka Taketsuru’s goal for his first distillery was to create a heavy and powerful malt whisky, and he was determined to replicate the whisky-making methods he had learned at the distilleries of Scotland without compromise.

 

 

The symbol of this commitment is the ” straight head pot still ” and ” direct coal distillation “. The result is a heavy, fragrant, heavily peaty raw material that produces a unique single malt with a peaty aroma and a salty taste.

This distillation method is based on the method used at Longmorn Distillery, where Taketsuru himself studied.

 

 

If it is necessary to make real whisky, we will protect it even if it is inefficient. Such passion, which can be said to be the origin of Nikka Whisky, and Masataka Taketsuru’s dream have been handed down to this day.

 

Tasting Notes

Heavy strength, peat and tidal notes. The essence of concentrated Yoichi malt.

 

 

This is a unique single malt with a strong assertiveness of heavy peat type of raw material, with a solid body and woody oak flavor added by new and sherry malt barrels, and a peaty and salty aroma.

When I put my nostrils close to the glass, the first thing I smell is malt. The aroma of burnt barley, reminiscent of toast, is the smell of malt that has been heated by direct coal distillation, which is rare in the world. The fruity aroma reminiscent of banana and mango comes from the special yeast used by Nikka. Since the age limit has been removed, the strength of the young sake is combined with the mature flavor.

 

 

On the palate, the peat, smoke, and tide aromas that were never in the forefront of the aroma begin to assert themselves strongly. The aroma of the heavy peaty barleywine that rises to the nostrils has a massive flavor that is truly unique to Yoichi. There is a light astringency and bitterness, but the sweetness from the oak barrels fills the mouth and lingers gently, and the aftertaste is extremely smoky.

 

 

Nose Harmonious combination of soft barrel-aged aroma, sweetness of malt and rich fruit aroma. Mild and pleasant peatiness.
Taste Oak sweetness and a firm peaty taste. A harmony of maltiness and orange-like fruit.
Aftertaste Warm oak sweetness and smokiness that lingers slowly.

 

 

Alcohol content 45% alcohol by volume
by alcohol Single malt whisky
Barrel type
Contents 700ml
Number of bottles sold
Suggested retail price 4,620 yen (tax included)
Release date September 1, 2015

 

Our Take

It is quite peaty, so beginners may find it hard to drink it straight. However, once you get used to it, it is a whiskey that can be enjoyed on the half-rock or in a highball. Of course, you can also drink it straight.

It is an interesting and unique whiskey because it still has the scent and sweetness that is typical of Yoichi, so you can fully enjoy the Yoichi flavor.

 

(All Images Courtesy of JPWhisky.net)

 

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