Yoichi 20 YO

Japanese Whisky
55% 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

Nose: very rich and curious. There are notes of coal gas, salt, cedar, honey and vanilla cream. A little caramel and toffee and a nutty, oily note.


Palate: very rich and spiced with notes of crisp orchard fruits, anise and cream.


Finish: long and gentle sherried with a faint herbal note.

2008 World Whiskies Award - "World's Best Single Malt Whisky"
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