Yoichi 10-year-old

Overall rating
85.07/100
votes
572
Whiskybase ID
WB5443
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Malt
Stated Age
10 years old
Strength
45.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
4904230103790
Added on
10 dec 2008 9:35 pm

Average value

€ 488.39

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Whisky reviews for Yoichi 10-year-old

66 users have left 68 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.07 points.

  1. stalker1971 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. zzqfyl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  3. Imp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nose: subtle and constantly changing, touch of sea, a bit of apples and berries, some spices, roasted nuts, hint of oak. You really need to sniff it out of the glass.

    Taste: quite dense, sweet and sour with touch of smoke.

    Finish: medium-long, powerful and salty with notes of coffee, peat and oak.

    Overall: dangerously drinkable and very well balanced 10 yo malt.

    Score = 21 21 21.5 21.5, 85/100!

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

  4. The_Osprey scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Yoichi Single Malt 10 Years Old (45%). Consumed in company Jan 2019. I was very surprised to find this on the menu at Bone Daddies, Bermondsey. So much so that I asked them to bring over the bottle to check. Indeed - there it is. Was happy to find this discontinued rarity here being sold at a fair price (£10 a dram), when bottles are now selling for £500 or more. Nice relaxed smoke, crisp barley and oak character, like a soft rounded Islay whisky. Nice stuff but similar whiskies, that are just as good if not far better, are much easier and cheaper to get hold of. 3.5/84

  5. Sandman scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Apricot, grapefruit, winey, hint of ginger and hint of horse stable
    • Taste
      Blood orange, earth, nutty, dried fruit and oak
    • Finish
      Medium finish, wax, vinous, spicy, nuts, lemon zest and ginger

  6. Saftkenner scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A great and oily malt. There are only a few 10-year-old standard bottlings at this level. Far surpasses 10 year old Yamazaki. More like 12-year-old Yamazaki. More flavor, less fruit.
    If it cost € 60, as it did in 2012 ... that would be nice. At 120 €, however, my pain threshold for this bottle would be.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Very delicate and elegant smoke, a slightly salty freshness rises towards you. Some mint, honey, oak, orange and apple.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Strong and sparkling start. Amazingly oily for its age. Tidy oak cargo - the barrels worked well. Dark chocolate, honey, pear, oranges.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium-long finish. What remains is a delicate, chocolaty and pleasant bitterness, together with an orange aroma.

  7. ZeSaimen scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nice 10 from Japan. Will probably be my last bottle - the price has risen abnormally! Shock!!!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Initially sweet fruit notes, minimal smoke that turns into heather smoke. Floral tones and notes of plum are recognizable.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet floral fruit notes with heather and plums. A couple of cherries flash.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Heather, plums, a little spice.
      Medium to long and very pleasant. No bitterness.

  8. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Calm and unhurried whisky, takes time to unfold, complex, taste plays the main role here - aroma and finish only create a background, frame it.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, delicate woody notes, lemon and orange peel, coated tablets, grain, light animal shades, some flowers and fresh grass, mineral tones - gypsum, drying plaster;
    • Taste
      Dense, rich, tart oak, grain, nuts, leather goods, lemon peel, coated tablets, sweet caramel notes, ginger, pepper wave, more grain in development, tablet shades, strong creamy sweetness appears, old leather goods, lacquer shades, industrial mineral motives, in general, adds strongly.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, oak, lemon zest, grain, a little ginger, leather goods.

  9. matfrl scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. ezioaudit scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

  11. kanpai79 scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

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

  12. Tuboo scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    I absolutely loved this Japanese whisky and would be excited to have it again if money wasn't a concern. Very different to most of the other Japanese I've had. Scoring highly because its rare to find a whisky like this at the price I drank it at! And, it was so good.

  13. pianoman scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Grated orange peel, light cookie dough, a little vanilla sugar. Red Apple. Rose petals. Garden soil, lemon thyme.
    • Taste
      Sweetish, spicy. Yellow apples, almonds, some pepper. A trace of wood ash.

  14. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The last dram from the bottle:

    Nose:
    A fine-bitter woody smell comes from the glass - cedar and sandalwood. Add incense sticks and add a slightly smoky note. Nougat, dark and bitter forest honey, accompanied by the abrasion of orange peel. There is also dark, heavy fruit - plums, overripe sweet cherries and blueberries. But also a hint of banana. Menthol I no longer perceive. For freshly grated nutmeg, cinnamon and a little cloves. A touch of brown sugar and marzipan.

    From the opening to the last swallow, the initially very strong menthol smell in the nose became weaker, developing more strongly into dark fruits. Consistent were the wood notes and a light incense smoke.

    Mouth:
    In the mouth hardly changes to the previous tasting - cool-mentholiger approach, with some eucalyptus tingling on the tongue. Sweet notes of red fruits and Pithaya. Add to that leather and soft smoke, vanilla in honey and real nougat. Hazelnuts and some milk chocolate, a little cinnamon.

    Finish:
    Long, mentholig, on the mouth a little bit espresso-bitter, altogether quite dry in the mouth. After some time, hazelnuts remain in the throat, some menthol on the tongue.

    A great malt that gains time and oxidation in the bottle. From starting 84 points to 88 for the last Dram. This makes an average of 86 points

  15. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The 10YO whisky is a sweet, a little bit peaty, salty, with black pepper and chocolate notes in the palate. The finish is a long, sweet, spicy, dry and lightly peaty. It’s an one of my favourite 10YO whiskies. 

  16. htz881 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  17. Kumachan scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful whisky under the influence of Sherry. Today sold at prohibitive prices. Extremely rare. If it had to be given a subjective note, it would be a 86.
    • Nose
      Dress. Amber gold, corpulent and numerous tears. Grasses.
      Nose. First look at tart tatin, raisin, smoked very thinly. Nuts. Old rum. The influence of the coastline is clear, iodized.
    • Taste
      On the palate it is very sweet, salty - sweet and spicy, smoked, pastry. Nuts. Grilled orange bark, one side banana. The influence of peat is reflected in dried salted, iodized and marine meat. Perfectly balanced and fine! Japanese elegance and righteousness to the millimeter.
    • Finish
      Hot final on iodine and salt. Marine. Pleasant bitterness on lemon peel. The length is not exceptional, about twenty seconds.

  18. Wolv scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  19. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    What remains is an isolated dull sweetness, as I find it in the Nikka ftB - and of which I'm not a very special friend.
    • Nose
      Iodine, caramel, musty, leather, vanilla, trail mix, blackcurrant, licorice, liquorice, peppermint liqueur, some vanilla
    • Taste
      creamy, soft and intense at the same time, malt, iodine, icing sugar, the iodine is stronger, cinnamon, salt liquorice, mocha, ginger, cloves, raisins, smoke, pears, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, black tea, vanilla, leather, pepper
    • Finish
      short, leather, ginger, roasted hazelnuts, vanilla, dark chocolate, peat

  20. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  21. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Very interesting combination of exotic and smoke and salt, very unique Japanese
    • Nose
      Vanilla, complex, some peat smoke, iodine, light spices (clove?), Seashore, later exotic fruit and licorice
    • Taste
      First surprisingly strong sweetness, then clear malt, mango, dragon fruit, some malt, oak and ripe banana, nice light peat notes in between (but very subtle)
    • Finish
      Here comes back the peat and the roasted aroma, with slight saltiness and the exotic fruit, which also remain

  22. DrinkingWhisky scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nicely balanced. Tasted on 13/11/2016 in a Japanese line-up (WB ID's 70236, 5443, 9252, 38412, 6016, 71248 and 20342, in that order). 
    • Nose
      Cedar wood, nicely balanced with fruit - the darker kind (plums, blackcurrant). Nice touch of polish wax (menthol). 
    • Taste
      Gentle woodiness of pine trees, again nicely balanced with fruitiness (dried fruit like apricots, with later on some pear coming through). Grassy notes. 
    • Finish
      Keeps lingering.

  23. OpiumX scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Nice enough, but the quality does not justify the price tag. Could use some more age before bottling.
    • Nose
      Quite a savoury smell, something like damp wood. Certainly very different from most Scottish malt whisky's.
    • Taste
      Again savoury, now with a hint of peat on the background. Interesting, but well defined.
    • Finish
      Short finish and a bit rough with the burn of alcohol in my throath.

  24. yggr scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  25. kot1803 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  26. Igor scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Oho!! What is that - a medical lab, eh? It's full of medicines and mixtures of all kinds, apparently cough syrup note, some fragrant herb there, poignant, peppermint/mint tea, herbal bitter/-liqueur - reminiscent somewhat of Riga balsam or Becherovka rather. There's a touch of lacquer in the distance, cinnamon, licorice, burnt caramel, cassis (blackcurrant)?, lingonberry, syrupy, more cinnamon spice, liniment. 

      Later (with time being spent): mint cake along with chocolate spread, oak is coming through as well now - could be Mizunara?..

      It's got an ambiguous nose indeed, this Yoichi, - unusual, to say the least. A fair amount of freshness hovers at the top and much more thicker, denser aromatics (of medical origin mainly) are to be found down below in bottom layers of it.
    • Taste
      Congruous to the nose, it is so oily, warm - not hot, sweet and a little bitter too. Again, credit to the skillful Japanese craftsmen, coherency is almost perfect here. Cinnamon oil, frankincense, it tastes really mellow (hard to believe it's 45% alc.), well rounded, full, rich, with fig, dried apricot, continues on that Riga balsam note (less pronounced on the palate though), some mint, cold mint tea, Vishnevsky/balsamic liniment, Golden star balm?, eucalyptus.
    • Finish
      Having a nice numbness to it, it is long finish, not a medium one. Carries sweet orange flavours, mandarin and candied ginger, dried orange peels, lemon rind, peppermint. Quiets on cocoa residues, dried cloves and ground black pepper.

  27. detachedblue scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I would say that this is a very good highland malts in blind tasting. The use of peat here is a masterpiece, much better than some of the distilleries in Scotland nowadays. 
    • Nose
      Iodine, very gentle peat. The nose is very very good.

      vanilla and toffee, banana.
    • Taste
      Smooth, apple and pear, light smoke in the back. 
    • Finish
      Short, sweet and smoke

  28. LukeFive scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The quality of the spirit is impressive but what impresses me more is the overall quality ( Base spirit+maturation/cask management ).

    Impeccable little baby

    Single dram note
    • Nose
      Beautiful full nose , starts with fruits covered by light aromatic ( springbank esque ) peat smoke, very sexy at start. The bottle is opened for 3 months now so its fully developed I believe. After 5 minutes the smoke get more integrated with the fruits making it bit musty, like being in old vine cellar. I like the layers of aromas being in beautiful harmony. Hints of hazelnut milk chocolate,and some kinda herby sauce. after a while the oak comes very slightly out. I like it so far :) Becomes creamy after 10 min in glass.
    • Taste
      Hmm, starts sweet then bitter in a very good way, Dry fruits covered in light aromatic smoke, malty, touch of Nougat, slight sea salt flakes, slight tannins, goes bitter before the spicy/fruity side rescues it, clean and vibrant. Definitely good quality spirit for sure.
    • Finish
      spicy, smoke, nutty, austere..after 30 seconds its like I drunk a Springbank 12 CS., Salty Sweet nougat, caramel , medium to long clean finish

  29. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

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

  30. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

    Rather dry but very good, nice wood and leather notes. Could be even better if it was a bit more fruity but it's still great - in particular considering that it is (only) a 10yo whisky.
    • Nose
      Oaky, leathery, nutty
    • Taste
      Oak wood, leather boots (but the good ones), dried fruits, apricots, little vanilla, subtle sweetness, pretty punchy
    • Finish
      Long and burning

  31. Basil Byttebier scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    Very pleasant whisky for beginners of the smokey whisky range. It has a sweet start and a light peated undertone. The nose is very gentle and gives a very good indication how the whisky will taste.  All in all a very good aligned whisky from nose till finish. 

    To drink in late autumn or early winter in my opinion. 
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      81 81

  32. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A nicely made, balanced and well ripened whisky that certainly does not fall for his Scottish brothers. The pepperiness of this whisky is reminiscent of the Talisker 10 Year. He is a bit older than he is, I would rather think that I am here with a 12 or 15 year old whisky. 喝采!
    • Nose
      Complex vanilla notes, fresh, fruity notes (orange and apricots) malted sweetness, Acacia honey, Sherry tones, spicy. A hint to peppermint? Harmonious and well balanced.
    • Taste
      Powerful and round, light pepper sharpness, soft (not bitter) oak tones, Floral notes (Lavender? Iris?) Later there are complex sweet notes of sherry (Oloroso?) And caramel, spicy, coffee, tobacco, very soft notes of smoke, fruity notes (orange, plums, raisins)
    • Finish
      Long with a pleasant balance between pepper and sweet, softly bitter, oak tones

  33. maltaholic scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Comment: Pure oak, very little smoke, very round, not too soft, long on the tongue, probably one of the best 10 year olds I know.

  34. kalervo scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Tasty, "clean" tasting. I tasted at Mikko 12/2015.
    • Nose
      Fruits, fairly light scent. Slightly spices.
    • Taste
      Still fruit, a little sweet.
    • Finish
      Not particularly long aftertaste, spicy, slightly oily.

  35. wekke scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior



    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt



    Nose:
    Plenty of fruit notes - peach stands out in particular, ripe, vibrant
    and subtly floral. Then there's rich vanilla custard, peat smoke and a
    hint of nutmeg spice.
    Palate: Oily and sweet, with peat smoke following swiftly afterwards. Light oak and developing fruit notes beneath.
    Finish: Appealing oak lasts on the finish.




  36. thijs100 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I'm impressed. A good whisky, especially considering this is an entry level malt.
    • Nose
      Earthy. Wood polish and sandal wood. Lightly spiced (all spice, cinnamon) and in the background a thin layer a barbecue smoke. Fruity, but not overly so. Apples and apricots.
    • Taste
      Fairly peaty and smoky (wood) actually, much more than the nose suggests. Pretty big and powerful, I didn't see that coming. Some sweeter flavours appear now. A hint of brown sugar and honey, and some dried red fruits.
    • Finish
      Smoky and sweet.

  37. MadScientist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  38. squaadgras scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  39. KayMeertens scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting of a sample.
    • Nose
      Apple, cherry, almond, plum, caramel and a whiff of smoke.
    • Taste
      Much more smoke. Almond, apple, bramble, cocoa, cherry, plum and a little leather.
    • Finish
      Almond, smoke, apple, plum, yellow raisin, caramel, hazelnut and chestnut.

  40. Segens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very good dram!
    • Nose
      Extremely fruity (oranges, grapes, plums) and a hint of oak in the back.
    • Taste
      Still extremely fruity but the oak is more dominant now. The alcohol also shows up but is acceptable with its intense. 
    • Finish
      smooth and medium long. Very pleasant.

  41. NamorX68 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Very nice malt. Unfortunately too expensive. 86/100
    • Nose
      Delicate smoke, vanilla, fruitiness (citrus), floral, oak and malt, maritime
    • Taste
      Creamy and sweet, again delicate smoke, oak, salt
    • Finish
      Medium to long, delicate bitter.

  42. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Gouté a recent batch and surely much better than before.
    • Nose
      Smoked, fruity, complex
    • Taste
      complex, slightly peaty.
    • Finish
      long

  43. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Nose cereals, wood, vanilla and a slight veil of smoke. Mouth very balanced, tannins and alcohol are very well integrated. Average finish on the same aromas. Clean and very well done but a little expensive for what it is.

  44. Ciro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  45. hartist scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    He's Japanese, so he's in fashion. And yet he looks like a Scotsman. Good or bad?
    • Nose
      Fresh and heady on the aroma of orchard fruits and exotics (pineapple, pears, apricots), spices (clove, ginger). Also some puffs more "dark" (leather, black tea, low smoke) and vegetable (eucalyptus).
    • Taste
      Mouth soft, moderately complex and subtly creamy. Prolongation of the nose on first vegetable notes (tea leaves, undergrowth, heady flowers) then enriching with fruity and spicy notes that take the amplitude. The touch of smoke was more present with a hint of salinity.
    • Finish
      Correct, the power is lost on the road, leaving a very slight astringency.

  46. DannyBacon scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Will be better and better for each test. Tough, fruity and full. Could have had a little longer aftertaste. Can also feel some bitterness in the finish. It seems to be better when it's been opened for a while!
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      85 85

  47. markkerr02 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    http://smad.se/provningar/Provning%20110%20Nikka%20vertikal.html Test 110: Nikka Vertical - 110416
    The whisky tested:
    Glass 1 Nikka Yoichi 10yo, 45%, 594 kr 30 points
    Glass 2 Nikka Coffey Grain 2000/2010, 61%, 1125 kr 42 points
    Glass 3 Nikka Miyagikyo 15yo, 45%, 1199 kr 57 points
    Glass 4 Nikka Taketsuru 35yo, 43%, about 6700 kr 97 points
    Glass 5 Nikka Yoichi 20yo, 52%, 2535 kr 171 points
    Glass 6 Nikka Yoichi 1987/2010, 59%, 1350 kr 143 points
    Testimonials Bernt Sjödin Nikka Yoichi 10yo, 45%
    Color: Dark gold
    Scent: Vanilla tones, fattones, apple tones
    Taste: Dry, fatty, vanilla
    Aftertaste: medium - tall with barrels, vanilla, little smokiness; vanilla tomatoes arrive late
    Score: 87

  48. Goethe scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    My Bruichladdich Ten of Japan. 

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10
    • Nose
      Dry. Sea, salt, slithly smoky, vanilla.
    • Taste
      Herbs, salt, spicy oak, sweet smoke, Beef Jerky, a touch of lemon.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Salty, bitter, cereals, lemon, dried corn in a barn.

  49. Alex scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The aroma is deep earthy and has mild peat smoke. Overall a quite dry profile. The taste is bigger, more powerful and not as dry as the nose suggests, simply better! It remains the earthy profile, but adds dried fruits, honey sweetness around a classic, old style malty backbone. The finish is fresh and keeps enough power. Quite a big whisky for the 10 years of age and (only) 45%. Reminds me of the Benromach 10yo.

    When you crack the bottle open, I do recommend to let it rest and breath for some weeks after the first few drams. Believe me, it'll improve a lot. A fresh opened bottle is much more narrow, more bitter, has less body and significant less complexity and sweetness. Just try it!

  50. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Sueffig and pretty "Scottish".
    • Nose
      Subtle smoke, behind malt and a sour apple fruitiness. Dominated is the rather light nose of vanilla and nuances of honey.
    • Taste
      Creamy sweet, then oak bitterness, herbal mixture, salt. The fruits are in the background.
    • Finish
      Mitellang with oak bitterness, espresso, a little vanilla.

  51. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nose: Fruity, slightly sour (yoghurt), malty, maritime, a little peat. Go in the Kilkerran direction.
    Mouth: Strong, malty, herbaceous.
    Finish: medium length, some oak, fruit and light peat smoke.
    Conclusion: delicious, unusual profile, reminiscent of a little on The Springbank distillates.

  52. ThS scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Aqueous, lean and scented.

  53. Cast Olila scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      76 76

  54. Mobbe scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      90 90

  55. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      74 74

  56. ricallende scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A Very drinkable whisky,if you have the chance,try it! It never dissapoints.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  57. ASWhisky scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I like the gentle smoke in the throat
    a whisky with interplay and very clear beautiful notes
    nice and invigorating to drink
    • Nose
      Sweet apple, vanilla, I smell no smoke, but salt and young herbs
      soft-boiled applesauce with marzipan
      Stale washing-up water
      Tobacco with light honey
    • Taste
      cool start
      becomes fiery and spicy on the tongue
      Vanilla and herbs turn into sweet dry chocolate
      again tart herbs and peppery spice
      orange
      some sweetish smoke slowly develops in the mouth
    • Finish
      medium
      slightly bitter, then citrus and spice, slightly warm smoke in the throat,
      a bit salty in the end

  58. joep scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  59. Dede scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Fresh, iodized, light peat and a touch of sherry. Explosive mouth, salty and peaty. Finale of medium length, beautiful bitterness.

  60. Sonett scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      summer flowers, light oak, herbs and vanilla
    • Taste
      slightly creamy, floral, light vanilla
    • Finish
      medium long, soft without surprises. Just fading away

  61. Ivynor scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Japanese whiskys true to their values: simple, well made, effective. None of these heavy whiskys to cut katana but he deserved a little more punch (it is already 45 degrees) to reach the first summits.
    • Nose
      Spices, but which ones? Maybe cinnamon, clove, and sure, vanilla. Cedar powder (I only drink it in whisky) A beautiful sweetness. I find it less alcoholic than at my first tastings.
    • Taste
      Very soft, very smooth. With floral touches. (Pink ?) We would have liked it to last longer. Honey notes fade quickly.
    • Finish
      A little short. Again this sweetness, honey and spices. Together impeccable but too discreet.

  62. Emilien206 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    A real peat tsunami
    http://caisseenbois.blogspot.fr/2012/12/yoichi-10ans.html?m=1

  63. HunterRomario scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Wow! I did not expect such a blast! Smell filled with chocolate, sweet fruit, even a smoky veil ?! Malt, Belgian pralines.
      There is also an occasional splash of alcohol, but not unpleasantly, even a bitter, and it reminds me of the Tasmanian Sullivans Cove Bourbon maturation.
    • Taste
      The taste is quite delicate, dry, but not indelible, or not flatter. My breath came a little dry and short, pity.

  64. nijholtm scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      soft spicy with hints of oak wood and malt. Floral with a bouquet of flowers. Finally, aromas of corn and lemon.
    • Taste
      soot and tender peat in the taste. A rather oily texture. Pleasant spiciness.
    • Finish
      sweetness and citric with touches of orange peel. 

  65. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    This is a dangerously quaffable malt, a no-nonsense Nikka, that shows it power in the finish. I thought this was going to be a Japanese entry malt, but feel it is too complex to be called that (which, of course, is a compliment).
    • Nose
      The nose is a soft caress of apricots and apples, mildly spicy with quite a bit of smoke and oak. Some almonds. Nice, without being overly complex.
    • Taste
      On the palate, it shows more power and is quite creamy. The smoke is more pronounced too. Nice balance and very drinkable.
    • Finish
      The medium length finish is bittersweet, but doen not lose any punch. It surprises with a salty touch at the end.

  66. Feusi scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Very well balanced whisky, nice and pleasant to drink, buy it.
    • Nose
      Flowers and Citrus fruits and in the background some nice smoke.
    • Taste
      Very pleasant, sweet dried fruits with a spicy smoke and hint of peat.
    • Finish
      Again the fruits overlayed with a smoky peatyness, some wooden and spicy notes in a long finish.

  67. tomy63 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    firewood, spices, fruits, malts ... a very good surprise

  68. Quaker scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Another Japanese success story, a whisky that lets itself be drunk and does not require too much attention.
    • Nose
      Light but complex. The fruits dominate the nose, with the apricot and the slightly cooked apple. Added to this are spicy smells (pepper, island berries) and slightly woody.
    • Taste
      The mouth follows the nose perfectly. The 45% should not be strangers to that I think. The palate is very slightly syrupy on fruits and spices. I detect a vanilla background too.
    • Finish
      Moderately long to long and more worn on the wooded side.

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