Nikka Yoichi 15 Year Japanese Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
Wine & Spirits
The Yoichi 15-year-old packs the trademark charcoal punch that is maybe due to the fact that Yoichi is one of the last distilleries on earth to use direct heat from a charcoal flame to fire their pot stills. Grassy and fresh, there is a fine transition from the fresher characteristics to more tobacco and from fresh tree fruit to more dried stone fruit...
This elegant single malt from Nikka bears a dark, vibrant gold color, with smoke and caramel aromas. On the palate, look for well-balanced notes of citrus peel, cedar and oak, and a gentle waft of smoke. An astringent sensation on the finish sets the mouth watering, leading to a full-bodied, almost oily texture. Recommended for sipping neat.
Finally here! With the global appetite for Japanese whisky reaching a feverish level, the second biggest company on the island has finally graced the United States with its presence. Nikka has long been the Pepsi to Suntory's Coca-Cola. With more richness, nuttiness, and stone-fruited character than something like the Yamazaki 12, the 15 year old is a peated (aka smoky) expression that offers incredible depth and nuance in a very elegant package. A remarkable whisky for those in the know.