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Single Malt Yoichi Peaty & Salty

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This single malt whisky is only available at the Yoichi distillery. It is a series that accentuates the character of the official Yoichi bottles by using different types of barrels and malt strains, such as “Woody & Vanilla” , “Peaty & Salty” , and “Sherry & Sweet” . The 12-year-old version of the series was previously released, but due to a shortage of raw alcohol from the recent Japanese whiskey boom, it was discontinued and is now being released again as a non-aged version.

Originally, Yoichi series had a rich lineup of 10 years, 12 years, 15 years, and 20 years, but those so-called vintage products were all discontinued in August 2015, and now only non-vintage products are sold.




Tasting Notes

The smell of the approaching tide and the strong aroma of peat.

When drunk straight, the peat salt spreads fluently, just like the name suggests! It is well balanced and quite tasty. If you drink it on the rocks, the peaty aroma like iodine or seirogan hits you hard as if it is penetrating your nose. The strength is even stronger than Laphroaig 10.

The taste is mainly pungent and salty due to the stimulation of alcohol, with almost no sweetness. The intense aroma and taste do not diminish even when watered down, but the stimulation of the alcohol is suppressed and the citrus-like acidity follows.




Aroma Black pepper, salted caramel, salted daifuku, sweet and peaty, with a hint of rice malt toward the latter half.
Taste Richness of caramel, juiciness of orange, spiciness of black pepper.
Aftertaste A sweet smoke screen stays in the mouth for a long time, accentuated by the tide taste.



Alcohol content 55%
By liquor Single malt whisky
Barrel type oak
Contents 500ml
Number of bottles sold Number of bottles sold
Suggested retail price 6,800 yen (tax included)
Release date Release date



Our Take

Delicious without complaint! But the tide taste is strong. Straight or on the rocks is recommended.

At the beginning, it is sweet like vanilla ice cream, but it changes to a peaty flavor in an instant. At the end, the tide taste is a little strong.

The quality of this non-aged whisky is excellent.

The price is rising because of the difficulty of obtaining it.

Please take this opportunity to taste it at Shiba-Daimon Bar Shinkai.

This whiskey is only available at the Yoichi distillery, so you can’t buy it at ordinary liquor stores or mass merchandisers, but you can almost always find it at the Yoichi distillery, so if you visit the distillery, be sure to check it out.


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