The Yoichi is one of the best – if not the best – whisky from Japan. It won the world whisky awards as the Best Single Malt back in 2008, and was also named by the Whisky Magazine as the best of the best in 2001 due to its rave reviews. Our bartender here at dekantā tells us, without even a hint of hesitation, that Nikka Yoichi Peaty & Salty is the best whisky in Japan. Perhaps, one day, competitors will make better whiskies, he said, but that day is not coming any time soon.
Nikka Yoichi Peaty & Salty
Nikka from the barrel continues to be one of the most popular Japanese whiskies, especially in Europe.
This bottle was produced using matured malt and grain whisky, with the grain originating from the Miyagikyo distillery and the malt from Yoichi. The grain and the malts are mixed and then redone in a first-fill bourbon cask, creating a rich harmony between distinctly different whiskies. Bottled at 51.4%, this whisky is characterized by solidity, depth, and a rich aroma.