Yoichi 10 YO

Japanese Whisky
45% Alcohol content


Founded in 1934 by Masataka Taketsuru, Yoichi is regarded as the most Scottish of Japan’s malt whisky distilleries. Its founder chose the location on the north Island of Hokkaido because he felt it was the most similar location to the Highlands of Scotland, where he had trained as a student. It remains extremely traditional, to the point of having committed to coal-fired stills, which will be out of use in Scotland by 2006. Yoichi’s owners, Nikka, fill fair quantities of spirit into new oak casks, which along with the increased temperature variation, give the final product some similarities with bourbon.


House style: Yoichi produces an oily, slightly peaty, Highland-style whisky with a bourbon-like finish.

Tasting notes

Taster: Michael Jackson

Nose: Pronounced, astonishingly fresh, dry, peat.


Palate: Mint creams, then orangey.


Finish: After the creaminess, the peat surges back. Clean, sweetish, soft smokiness.


Comment: This is a wonderful whisky at ten years old. I love the almost shocking hit of heavy peating.


2011 World Whiskies Award - Best Japanese 12YO & under.


2005 Double Gold Medal, International Wine & Spirits Competition


2007 International Spirits Challenge - Gold


2007 Malt Maniac - Silver Metal

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