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Yoichi 1986

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This one is a blend of two types of malts, one lightly peated, the other one heavily peated. Colour: Full gold. Nose: Rather similar in style to the single malt "Hokkaido" 12 yo, I must say, except for more oak and vanilla plus a bigger waxiness. Other than that it’s all on wood smoke, ashes, fresh putty, quite some varnish (new oak or first fill in the vatting it seems). More ‘modern’, oakier than the old 12yo and probably a little less complex. Mouth: Modern style indeed, with the wood to the front. Vanilla, ginger, strong tea, liquorice sticks... Rather huge bitterness (very strong green tea). The oak almost masks the peat on the palate. Slightly sourish fruitiness in the background, a tad offbeat (kirsch). Finish: Very long but still very ‘new-oaky’, with this varnishy aftertaste. It’s not that it’s bad at all but I’m too much into such heavy wood treatments I must say. Water works quite well, revealing the peat a little further but the heavy oak is still there. 78 points." (Serge`s scoring system is explained on this page.)

Tasting note by Serge Valentine Whiskyfun

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  • Age: 20 YO
  • Alcohol: 55%
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