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Yoichi Sherry Wood Finish

Overall rating
88.40/100
votes
59
Whiskybase ID
WB119808
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2018
Number of bottles
3132
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
4904230054221
Added on
23 Oct 2018 9:13 am by Thangjoy

Average value

€ 343.21

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59 × member ratings

141 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Yoichi Sherry Wood Finish

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.40 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Capital G
    Nikka is out of mature stocks of its award winning Yoichi and hence took all whisky with age statement of the market. Until they have stocks that have reached a respectable age again, we have to make do with NAS releases. This Yoichi was finished on sherry casks casks.
    Very aromatic yet straightforward nose on dark fruit (think plums, raisin and dates) with caramel and honey and some sugared orange peel. Some camphor and saffron. Honeysweet with an oriental edge. I love it already.
    Somewhat oily, but again very, very sweet. Pear drops, tobacco, plums and then a fantastic trace of woodsmoke that gives it quite some depth. Yes… this is Good with capital G. Nice touches of oak (I even recognize some mizunara), oriental spices and leather. Grand.
    The finish is long, somewhat drying and nicely seasoned. Woodsmoke has the final word.
    Boy, oh boy… this is so Good. NAS? Yep. Do we care? Nope. It is priced exactly the same as the bourbon matured version, i.e. 180 to 200 EUR. Too much for what it is, but very good indeed.

  2. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Tried this side by side with the older "Sherry & Sweet" 12 year old at 55%. This NAS sherry finish definitely cannot compare to the older bottling, and it's not like the S&S is that great to begin with! :( That's a sad face.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Not the oily, deep, peaty, oaky whisky Yoichi can be known for, but this is certainly pleasant enough. I do unfortunately detect just a bit of sulfur. Not egregious by any means, but it's there. I've never detected sulfur in any other Yoichis. I do wonder if the casks they are using are no longer top notch, even if I realize that this bottling is not meant to be anything more than a gimmick for folks that think they enjoy anything Japanese. Sigh... I'm just reminiscing again. Sorry.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Again, the taste is quite pleasant and sweet. Not complex. Not great. Just nice. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Moderate length, metallic finish, lingering sweetness, and again, quite simple. I quite like this whisky, and if it's $100 bucks, I may give it a shot... Maybe. This isn't as good as a your basic Talisker 10 probably, which cost $60. Actually, I'll probably not pay $100 for it. There!

  4. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    H2H tasting, favourite to least favourite:
    1) Miyagikyo bourbon wood
    2) Yoichi sherry wood
    3) Miyagikyo sherry wood
    4) Yoichi bourbon wood

    Very similar concept between the distilleries concerning cask management: The bourbon wood go in the concentrated fresh fruity direction, while the sherries are in an old-school oily, leathery oloroso stile. Not unlike my memories of the Yamazaki 18yo, not nearly as complex, balanced or intense, however.

  5. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. Highlander65 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    It is not the classic Yoichi Single Malt, but the sherry-finished version, which I expect richer and rounder.
    A great malt, in the sign of the Scottish tradition that had so impressed the good Masataka
    • Nose
      As soon as I bring the glass to the nose I perceive a strong and decisive character, with prevailing peat, red fruit, chocolate and custard.
    • Taste
      The mouth feels a fresh and light body, the peat is very pronounced, as well as a clear saline note. It is a true island whisky, it also feels a little pepper. I would say an Islay style
    • Finish
      The finish is long, with a hint of lemon

  8. YuraLM scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Light saturated, quiet simple, not developing in glass. Too short maturation
    • Nose
      vanilla, toffee, honey notes, sugar powder, cherry wine. At the end smoky plum
    • Taste
      Light bitter, light species, cherry wine, light saturated.
    • Finish
      Long lasting, species, cherry wine, light woodness.

  9. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I like it better than I thought, I'm not the Yoichi fan otherwise, it could have been a bit smoother for me.
    • Nose
      Cherry, dates, red gummy bears, licorice, oregano, beautiful sherry tones, currants, camphor, dried fruit with honey-based, crisp malt
    • Taste
      Flambé orange, cherry, herbs, roiboos, hazelnut, chestnut, beautiful fruity-kräutrig, light charred oak note, less than other Yoichis, tobacco and some plum
    • Finish
      Medium to long, dry, herbs, bitter orange, a little teen, pleasant

  10. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

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