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
Cask 400862 Bottled at 64%
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.