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%
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.