Yoichi 1991

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask Warehouse #15
Stated Age
20 years old
New Cask
63.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
03 oct 2011 8:53 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 2063.94

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Whisky reviews for Yoichi 1991

12 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.36 points.

  1. SimonOHA scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Paradoxically, although really powerful (to the limit of too much), the whole is also very soft. Excellent pure, magnificent with water.
    • Nose
      Really powerful nose, seems oily and syrupy behind. Woody on the pine, fruity on the prunes. Burnt caramel whose fine smoke is fresh. Chocolate and pecan nuts.
    • Taste
      Very oily mouthfeel. We're not going to lie to each other, the alcohol stings a bit, but the aromatic intensity is such afterwards that we excuse it. Melted chocolate with pine syrup. Coppery oranges, pecan nuts with caramel. Dates. We stay on the same frame with water, while calming the bite.
    • Finish
      Long and burning finish. Sweetly bitter smoke. Tobacco and meat.

  2. Imp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Nose: a bit reserved at the beginning (just check its strength), though potential is great. Lots of sherry, bacon and ham, roasted nuts and chocolate, fruit jam.

    Taste: knocks you out at 63% strength, extremely dense but not harsh, just bites into your tongue leaving tobacco, sweet orange, coffee, salt and peat.

    Finish: ve-e-ery long, tobacco, herbs, nuts and touch of peppermint stay with you for ages...

    Overall: I'd call it a gem. If compared with 20 yo I'd say that single cask nose is notch weaker (20 yo gives it all from the very beginning, here you need time and patience), though taste and finish are immense.

    Score = 22.5 23.5 23 23, 92/100!

    The whole story - https://madmaxhwisky.blogspot.com/2017/04/whisky-felling-4-yoichi-hokkaido-spirit.html

  3. sagara-kun scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The nose is finally set back from the mouth and the finish.
    I think this dram can be divided, the sweet intensity on the palate will not appeal to everyone.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Superb powerful nose of big Sherry.
      Oranges and zest, Christmas spices, cardamom, fresh mint.
      Milk chocolate, vanilla, honey. Toffee.
      A little woody, on the fir tree.
      Very light cold smoke.
    • Taste
      91 91
      In the mouth it is incredibly oily and aromatic.
      The alcohol is very well integrated, we do not smell the 63%.
      We have a riot of crystallized fruit. It's very sweet.
      Orange, lemon, strawberry, candy, caramel, bitter dark chocolate.
      And also more secondary and tertiary aromas: barbecue smoke. Very light bacon. Wooded.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long finish on the barbecue, its smoke, peat, tobacco. It's meaty, smoked. Then come the fruits, sweeter than in the mouth.

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    Very powerful, quite complex, enjoyable - very good
    • Nose
      91 91
      Lots of dried fruits, fruit cake, plenty of hazel nuts, crystalized fruits, little toffee, chocolate, hints of vanilla - very good
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very punchy, oily, chocolaty, sirupy, subtle sweetness, spices, nutmeg, new wood - still very good
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, burning, more chocolate, spices, hints of cigars - water recommended

  5. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    fruits in stewed caramel, vanilla, spices, herbs with some menthol and gentian, some dry wood, some toffee.
    • Nose
      earthy, then bark of oranges, caramelized sweet, and trace of dry smoke.
    • Taste
      an explosion of concentrates in the mouth, a little tannic, almost rough, then candied fruits appear, a few dry but balmy herbs.
      return pastry, unctuous on liquid salted caramel, fondant.

  6. ctu scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Wonderful ratios of sweet fruits, peat, spices and sour citruses. Professional work from Japan. 90/91.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Candied orange peel, mango, salted caramel, coconut, peat and earth.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Powerful. Peaty, fruity. Chocolate, strawberry, menthol and lime. Touch of tobacco and ash.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long. Peat and tobacco.

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Reminds me of a sweet, young, juicy Caol Ila whih is no bad thing.

    A very good whisky, the last Yoichi 20 year I had was also a good one.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      93 93

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    With water the peat is more pronounced on the nose but more citrus and cream is in the mix. The palate is even juicier with the same fruitiness.

    Good sweet lingering finish.

    This has just the right amount of sherry and peat, lovely stuff.
    • Nose
      Quite prickly on orange sherbet, candied fruits, caramel wafers, salted caramel, it gets less aggressive after a few minutes . After a while there are some lovely Turkish delight  notes.
    • Taste
      That has some power and massive peat that I was not expecting and the orange that the nose promised is there with some fudge.

      My initial impression is very good, the peat is strong but there is this lovely fruitiness mixed in with it

      Neat this is lip smacking,with Turkish delight still there, milk chocolate.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet & peaty.

  9. ChungLin did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    A cask from winning 1991 vintage, you can't go wrong with it!

  10. markjedi1 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The best Yoichi that I have tried so far. And I know
    where a bottle can still be had for around 200 EUR. Think I will grab it.
    • Nose
      The prickly nose contains peat and silt, but it is the
      sweetness that is victorious here. <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Oranges
      and lemon, stone fruits (apricots and even some mango) and then some vanilla
      and earth. But also roasted almonds and sweet & sour sauce!
      Caramel. Chocolate. Coconut. It keeps developing.
      Complex little animal.
    • Taste
      Fiery and creamy on the palate with a big kick from
      both the spices and the high alcohol percentage. The citrus from the nose is joined by grapefruit. Some menthol. Then the
      peat returns. It goes up and down. The second sip
      offers nuts and chocolate. What a balance.
    • Finish
      The finish is long, warm and elegant.

  11. Lafroy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. Willie JJ scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful. Another Japanese gem.
    • Nose
      Massively concentrated fruit compote. Tannins, bog myrtle, slight caramel, smoky jam.
    • Taste
      Incredible intensity, full on tobacco spread with strawberry jam. Sugar sparkles and a little barbecue sauce with water.
    • Finish
      Chewing tobacco that makes the mouth water forever. Barley sugared magic.

  13. tamriel scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92


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