Yoichi is laid out almost like a small village with old stone houses. When buildings are demolished in the nearby village of Otaru, Nikka buys up the stones in case they need to renovate the historic buildings at Yoichi in the future. The whiskey produced here is relatively heavily smoked and a bit heavier than the style at Miyagikyo. Yoichi is one of the last distilleries in the world where the boilers are “direct fired” and every 8 minutes an employee has to shovel coal into the furnace under the boiler.
Nose: Discreet smoke, herbs, fruit (pear, plum) and fresh baked cakes
Palate: Black pepper, vanilla and ripe pears enveloped in a very elegant smoke. Long finish where you sense a touch of sea salt.