Review: Nikka Yoichi 2000’s

Price: Roughly $250 for 500ml

Distilled/Owned by: Yoichi / Nikka

Region: Japan

57% ABV

Aged For: NAS, distillate from 2000 through 2009

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Undisclosed

Chill Filtered:No

Color Added: No

Color: Pale gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Powerful peat, vanilla, graphite, sawdust, caramel, pepper, citrus, pear

Feel: Rich

Taste: Apples, rosewater, butterscotch, oak, vanilla, mint, campfire ashes, honey

Finish: Medium length and warmth, saltwater spray, cream, tannins, malt, and hay with slight smoke

Thoughts: The high ABV helps immensely with the mouthfeel and is a good young peated whisky with a good mouthfeel and flavor range.

Score: 84 out of 100

Nikka Yoichi 15

Yoichi 15

Price: Discontinued

Distilled / Owned By: Yoichi / Nikka

Region: Japan

45% ABV

Aged For: 15 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes

 


 

Color: Amber chestnut

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Salted Caramel, gentle smoke, oak, cocoa powder, almond, and malt.

Taste: Gentle smoke, mossy peat, white oak, anchovy, and suede.

Finish: Gentle warmth, decent length, and a combination of peat smoke and wood.

Thoughts: The favorite of the Nikka’s I have tried so far getting both a good flavor from the cask and base malt.

Score: 80 out of 100