Nikka Yoichi Single Malt Whiskey
From Hokkaido, a distillery on an island to the north of
the Japanese mainland. This is a somewhat more heavily peated whisky, its smoky
character noticeable from start to finish. Wood smoke on the nose, with
black pepper, moss, cedar, barley, chocolate, and candied oranges layered in as
well. More earthy smoke on the palate, along with a light sweetness, hints of
citrus, green apple, almonds, vanilla, light salt, and mild granary notes.
The finish is long, smooth, and herbal, with a hint of Madeira.
Nikka was founded by Masataka Taketsuru, opening their
first distillery in Yoichi in 1934. Encapsulated by mountains (to the
east, south and west) and by the Sea of Japan (to the north), its unique and
isolated environment is ideal for whisky-production. The clean air, humidity,
and access to underground water filtered through a layer of peat results in a
rich and crisp malt.