Nikka Single Malt Yoichi - 70cl
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Japanese single malt whiskey aged in bourbon, sherry and new oak barrels
Nikkas Yoichi distillery in Japan was founded in 1934 and only produces malt whiskeys with a full, peaty and rough character. So that they succeed just like the Scottish models, Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of the Nikka brand, aimed at that time to capture the special and the world-famous product whiskey unmistakably formative atmosphere of Scotland. In this way he had the buildings erected and conifers planted on the site.
The well-chosen location on the river at the time, the naturally cool climate on the northernmost island of Japan, Hokkaido, and the salty sea air also give the impression that you are in the middle of Scotland. Even today, the peated barley malt is dried over a traditional peat fire and the copper stills are originally fired with charcoal, which leads to the typical, natural, smoky basic character of this special single malt whiskey. The Nikka Yoichi matures in three different barrel types (Bourbon, Sherry and new oak barrels) to its completion.
Its aroma can be described as peaty, full, soft with slightly salty tones in addition to the smoky one mentioned. This is followed by candied citrus fruits, spices and maritime liquorice.
The single malt is balanced and strong. It tastes peaty-smoky and earthy-spicy as well as the sea salt there, but there is also a contrast between fresh fruits such as kiwi and honeydew melon, milk chocolate and nutty notes of walnuts and almonds. The finish is long and silky with malt, sweet apples and pears, in the background some menthol and coriander.
Bottle content: 70cl
Alcohol content: 45%
Country of origin: Japan
Type: single malt whiskey
Use: pure, as a basis for cocktails or long drinks