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Nikka Yoichi Whisky
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Nase: Voll. Rauchig mit Specknote. Eukalyptus und Menthol. Anfangs nach Vanille undsäuerlich-fruchtig. Honig.
Im Mund: Fest. Zunächst lakritzartig. Mit einer Note Holzrauch und Karamell.
Abgang: Im Abgang nach Holzrauch und Torfrauch.
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Situated 50 kilometres east of Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido, the Yoichi Distillery charms everyone with its stone walls and red tiled roof. It combines a classic appearance with an aestheticism of which only the Japanese have the secret. It was in 1934 that the founder of the Nikka Group had his iconic distillery built on the formerly almost completely deserted island of Hokkaido, realizing his dream of recreating a small part of Scotland in the land of the rising sun. Yoichi has an underground spring filtered through peat, the best that there is for whisky production. It has its own kiln topped by traditional pagoda-shaped chimneys, which ceased to operate in the 1970s. The distillery used to malt its barley on site in a very traditional way, using peat from the plains of Ishikari. Now the peat is supplied from Scotland as the highly subsidized local barley is both expensive and of poor quality.
On the other hand, its pot stills are still coal-fired, a craft method that most Scottish distilleries have abandoned. Onion-shaped and relatively squat, these stills produce a rich and full-bodied alcohol.
Depending on the wishes of the master distiller, Yoichi can produce a very peaty, non-peaty or slightly peaty malt or even a malt with delicate, simple or heavy and concentrated flavours by adjusting the quantity of yeast and the fermentation time, which confounds Scottish master distillers who sometimes have a hard time producing a single type of malt in a consistent way! In fact, because Japanese blenders are not in the habit of swapping casks, they are obliged to produce different flavour profiles on the same site. Yoichi therefore supplies an incredibly varied product range, linked by peat and botanicals.
The visitor centre is a model of its kind. It recounts the life of its founder Masataka Taketsuru and his Scottish wife, Rita. Lastly, it's hard to resist the numerous limited editions on sale exclusively at the distillery...