Nikka Yoichi Single Malt Whisky
While in Scotland, Masataka took chemistry courses during the day while apprenticing with distilleries at night, learning to distill and blend whisky first-hand at some of Scotland's most prestigious distilleries. In 1920, Masataka returned to Japan, and within the decade, had produced the country's first single malt whisky.
Deeming the terroir perfect for whisky production, Masataka moved to the town of Yoichi in 1934 and opened the doors to Nikka Whisky Co. Yoichi is encapsulated by mountains (to the east, south and west) and by the Sea of Japan (to the north), creating a unique and isolated environment for whisky-production. The clean air, humidity and access to underground water filtered through a layer of peat results in a rich and masculine malt. Years later, Masataka established the Miyagikyo Distillery, which is also situated in northern Japan. Surrounded by mountains and two rivers, the Miyagikyo Distillery produces a more mild and feminine whisky as compared to Yoichi.
This Yoichi single malt is full of pleasant peaty notes and smokiness, resulting from the traditional direct coal-fired distillation. The whisky also has subtle briny notes imparted onto the spirit by the sea breeze during the aging process.
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|Proof||90 (45% ABV)|
|Distiller/Bottler Name||Yoichi Distillery|
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