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Nikka Yoichi Single Cask 25 Year Old

Yet another single cask Yoichi.  This time aged 25 years.  We have reviewed the 5 year and the 10 year previously.  The 5 year was a little too raw for my liking and the 10 just sings!  How will the 15 year hold up?  Nate and I both independently took notes on this one.

Nikka Yoichi Single Cask 25 year old.  Cask No. 22I08A bottled at 54%

Nikka Yoichi Single Cask 25


Color – light yellow

Nose –  malt, smoke meat, hints of sweetness

Palate – full, sweet candies, salty, hints of smoke, malt, alcohol opens up through the nose, ripe bananas.

Finish – full, sweet, lingering numbness


Color -lustrous yellow

Nose – marshmallow, light peat, butter

Palate – grain, salt, light smoke, coconut?

Finish – lingering grain and slight medicinal notes

All in all this is wonderful whisky.  It is more restrained and refined than the 10 year old.  The flavors are better integrated but very feisty for a 25 year old whisky.

* Although slightly out of order, there is a 15 year old single cask sitting around here somewhere that needs to be tried again – so look for that in the near future.


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Quick Nikka Yoichi Single Cask 5 Year Review

Nikka is one of favorite distilleries out there.  I love the 10 year old version of the Yoichi Single Cask but this 5 year old is an odd one.  Really odd.

Nikka Yoichi Single Cask 5 Year

Nikka Yoichi Single Cask 5 Year Label

Cask 400862  Bottled at 64%

Nikka Yoichi Single Cask 5 Year

Color –  light gold, slight shade of copper

Nose – dark and menacing, a lot of layers, strong alcohol vapors, hints of blue cheese, italian herbs, malty sweetness

Palate – Raw spirit, hints of oak and spice, malty

Finish: tongue numbing, short, viscous.

This is waaaaaay too young, needs more time to develop, the 10 year is so much better. One dimensional.  It is interesting to compare this with the 10 year old and see how much of a difference those 5 years make.

*Update* Joshua over at the Jewish Single Malt Whisky Society gives a lot better review and description of this expression here.


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Nikka Yoichi 10 Single Cask Review #whisky

I read some interesting reviews about this whisky in Whisky Magazine so I had to try to get a bottle.   Unfortunately, as far as I know Nikka

Nikka Yoichi 10 Single Cask

doesn’t distribute in the US so I had to try to source the bottle in Japan.  Even in Japan it is a little difficult to find this bottle.  I was finally able to have one shipped to me (in Japan) from the distillery in Yoichi.  This is one of the more interesting and flavorful whiskies I have had – which isn’t saying too much as I haven’t been drinking whisky for all that long.  But in any event here are my impressions:


N: initially earthy, oak, fungal. Smoke comes out later, cereal notes, dark and mysterious, complex.

P: sweet initially, moving towards those mushroom/earthy notes, then sliding into some smoke then BIG malt/oak and alcohol. There is definitely a lot going on here – not for the feint of heart.

F: lingering burn on the tongue, middle weight, coating.

Nikka Yoichi 10 Single Cask Label

With Water

N: saw dust, saloon floor, sweet notes seem to be enhanced.

P: tames the alcohol some, sweeter, earthy mushroom tones not as prevailing, malt is still there, almost a little bitter now.


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