Nikka Yoichi 15y/o Single Cask

We really enjoy the single cask line up from Nikka’s Yoichi distillery.  Unfortunately they don’t market them much and they can be difficult to find.  I have only been able to get them directly from the distillery in Yoichi.  We tasted the 5 y/o, 10 y/o and the 25 y/o.

This time we are visiting the 15 y/o expression that is bottled at 60% ABV.  Cask No. 235296

Nikka Yoichi 15 y/o

Chris’ Impressions:

Color:  18k gold

Nose:  Peat up front, soft waves of smoke, coastal, malty, dense oak, earthy.

Palate:  Initial sweetness then shifts into more earthy and fungal flavors.  Good balance with the peat hanging out in the background, some salt too.

Finish:  Long with the peat lingering till the end.

Comments:  Again, a great single cask expression, nice and lively and I think it is better balanced than the 10 y/o – of which I am a huge fan of.

Nate’s Impressions:

I wish tasting Nikka’s whiskies was a full-time Job.  The line-up is solid and I am always finding new characteristics with each visit… right next to the bedrock flavors I keep returning to.  The 15 year brings a tinge of orange, a darker edge to Nikka’s golden hue.  Peat, wood, and saltwater taffy get out front in the nose.  The heat is there but the full 60% is holding back.  The initial sip is front-loaded with candied oak that gives way to reduced vanilla and mushroom.  The entire palate darkens into a warm, slightly peaty cheek-chewing experience that lasts as long as you like.  The heat tips its cards here, not with a spicy burn but a dense, burnt sugar numbing.  It is a shame that one usually needs a boarding pass, a passport, and a week off to pick up a bottle of this.

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