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Single Malt Yoichi Manzanilla Wood Finish

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Manzanilla Wood Finish, marketed by Asahi Breweries and manufactured by Nikka Whisky, released simultaneously from the two distilleries in Yoichi and Miyagikyo.


The Bottle

“Single Malt Yoichi” has a strong and thick flavor. It is characterized by the harmony of fruity sweetness, richness and savory peat. The aroma of tropical fruits such as peach and papaya, sweet and sour aroma reminiscent of shortcake, and lingering peat reminiscent of a bonfire can be enjoyed. 4-1.

After regular maturation, the whiskey is stored and matured for 18 months in barrels where sherry “Manzanilla” was matured for 50 years, and bottled without cooling and filtration in order to produce a rich and complex flavor.
Manzanilla is a dry sherry that is aged in the Sanlúcar de Barrameda region of southern Spain. The Sanlúcar de Barrameda area is located by the sea, and the sherry casks are fully influenced by the sea and have been matured for more than 50 years using the solera system (wine adding).



Nose Light fruit aroma
Taste Fruity, sweet and full-bodied.
Aftertaste Bitter aftertaste derived from the barrel



Alcohol content 48%
Alcohol category Single malt whiskey
Cask Type Manzanilla cask
Contents 700ml
Number of bottles sold 4,000 bottles
Suggested retail price 16,500 yen (tax included)
Release date September 26, 2018 (Wednesday)



Our Take

Yoichi is a masculine, powerful, and heavy single malt that is aged in dry sherry barrels called Manzanilla.

Manzanilla sherry casks are made from sherry pads that have been filled with sherry for 50 years.

The sweetness is pushed out strongly, showing us a new side of Yoichi that is sweetly fragrant, yet woody and bitter.

The following year, in 2019, Yoichi will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a limited edition and an apple brandy wood finish. In 2021, we aim to invest 6.5 billion yen until the end of this year to increase the production capacity of both Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries

The number of bottles sold will gradually increase and new products will be released.

I am very much looking forward to seeing what will be released.



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