Nikka Yoichi 20-year-old

Category Single Malt from Japan
Distillery
Bottler Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie Single Malt
Bottled 2008
Age 20 years old
Casktype Oak Cask
Strength 52.0 % Vol.
Size 700 ml
Price 158.00$ 218.04£ 129.56
Uncolored Non-chillfiltered Cask Strength
Titi94 Note
less than a year ago

Tasting Notes by SCOMA: 

Aroma: Rich and juicy, oaky with sherry notes, walnuts and gentle spices.


Taste: Spices dominate with nice clean malt, oak, walnut and sherry.

Finish: Spicy and clean malt until the end. 
Alex Tasting note
about a year ago
Alex gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Deep gold
Nose

Some delicate peat up on front, strong tobacco, sherry, plum sauce, rich and sweeter than the 15yo, malty and earthy tones. Very complex nose.

Taste

Big, oily, compact. Rich, apricots in brandy, deep honey sweetness, a lot of chocolate. Little smoke. Very, very delicious.

Finish

Long, sweet, peppery. Smoked cherries. Lasting long on coffee and toffee.

Comments

Great whisky with excellent balance. Delicious taste, elegant and rich. One of my favorite Japanese whisky, beside Hibiki 21 und Yamazaki 18.

WhiskyNotes Tasting note
a couple of years ago
WhiskyNotes gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Deep gold
Nose

Big notes of cedar wood up front. Cigar boxes. Tobacco leaves. Old leather. Nice to see there's also an estery note (nail polish) but this fades away quickly. Dark forest fruits remain. After that, some earthy smoke, burnt cake and a little tar. Hints of dried mushrooms and soft spices. Incense as well. Light matchstick notes from the sherry. Excellent complexity and typically Japanese.

Taste

Punchy (bordering on pungent). Again quite savoury and leathery. Walnuts and roasted pecans. Deep, earthy peat smoke. Pepper, liquorice, anise, a pinch of salt. In the background a strong bitter-sweet harmony of burnt fruit cake and dark chocolate. Slightly sourish tobacco leaves.

Finish

Very long, smoky and chocolaty with traces of dry oak.

Comments

It's a delicious and uniquely Japanese profile, but for some people it might be too extreme in its earthy savouriness. I love it though.

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Lafroy Review note
a couple of years ago
Lafroy gave this whisky 92 points
Weighted Rate
92
Nose
95
Initial taste
92
Body
90
Finish
92
Price
88
Presentation
92
Collector57 Tasting note
a couple of years ago
Color
Amber
Nose

Rich fruit and nut with a layer of furniture varnish.
Sherried no doubt - christmas cake.


Taste

Wow! Big spicy hit with an immediate surge of carameloranges followed by toffee. Malt in abundance and then sherry and nuts

Finish

Long, malt, malt and more malt. Wonderfully clean and then a nice dose of sweet toffee and sherry notes.

Comments

Excellent! This I really like - goes on the buy list.

bakerman Tasting note
a couple of years ago
bakerman gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Deep gold
Nose

INTENSE! Seaweed, salt & diesel (like a walk at a fishing harbour), pencil shavings, nut-chocolate, water adds some light smoky and fruity flavours

Taste

spicy, chewed grape seeds, malty-sweet, sherry, fresh, seaweeed

Finish

spicy, liquorice, sweet

Comments

what a nose!!!

Overall rating All versions
84 member votes
90.50
Average review ratings All versions
Weighted Rate
91.80
Nose - Aroma
95.00
Initial taste
92.00
Body
90.00
Finish
92.00
Price
88.00
Presentation
92.00
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