At that time, Yoichi “10years”, “12 years”, “15 years”, “20 years” and Miyagikyo “10 years”, “12 years”, “15 years“ were sold out due to shortage of undiluted sake. If the shortage of sake continues, the three brands “Yoichi”, “Miyagikyo”, and “Taketsuru” could fall together, so the company decided to concentrate production on “Taketsuru”.
Hokkaido’s first release was on July 26, and the nationwide release was on November 15.
This will be the first time in seven years, since 2015, that an aged product with the age of maturity indicated will be released.
The announcement of the end of sales of Taketsuru 17year, Taketsuru 21year, and Taketsuru 25year in March 2020 marks a welcome return to Nikka Whisky’s product lineup after the disappearance of vintage whiskies (with age markings) from the lineup.
The price is 8,800 yen (including tax) for 9,000 bottles per year, and since Yoichi Non-Peated and Miyagikyo Peated in the “NIKKA DISCOVERY Series” released last year were in the high price range of 22,000 yen (including tax) each despite being non-aged products, this time the price will be 8,800 yen (including tax) for 9,000 bottles. The price is very reasonable for whisky lovers.
- 1. Where can I buy it?
- 2. Single malt Yoichi 10years old
- Lastly: Recommended Books on Japanese Whisky
1. Where can I buy it?
It seems that only a very small number of 9,000 bottles are produced per year. It is expected to be difficult to obtain.
The first release will be in Hokkaido, so be sure to check the Yoichi distillery store on the day of the release. It is not certain if there will be a line at the store or not. Even if there is a line, it is expected to be sold out immediately. If you only want to use the store, you don’t need to make a reservation for the distillery tour.
Also, they are planning to sell it overseas, so you may be able to find it at airport duty free stores.
2. Single malt Yoichi 10years old
Single Malt Yoichi 10 Year Old” is a single malt whisky characterized by the strong and heavy flavor of the aged Yoichi malt. It has a woody sweet oak aroma, ripe banana-like fruit aroma, and a powerful and complex malt aroma. It also has a sweet and sour taste like pear and a peaty flavor reminiscent of smoked fish, and a long, pleasant aftertaste that harmonizes the heavy richness and peaty aroma. The package proudly displays the words “Yoichi” and “10 years”, and uses Japanese paper as the label material to create a high-quality atmosphere. The base color of the label is darker than that of “Single Malt Yoichi” to express a sense of maturity. Overseas sales are also planned.
Reference: “Single Malt Yoichi 10 Year Old” Hokkaido Pre-Launch on July 26th｜News Release 2022｜Asahi Breweries, Ltd.
|Single Malt Yoichi 10 Year Old|
|Sake category||Single malt Japanese whisky|
|Number of bottles||9,000 bottles per year (in Japan)|
|Frequency||45% (in Japan)|
|Price||Suggested retail price: 8,800 yen (tax included)|
Lastly: Recommended Books on Japanese Whisky
If you want to learn more about Japanese whisky, which is a global trend, we highly recommend these books.
(1).Whisky Galore Vol.29 December 2021 issue
In the December 2021 issue of Whisky Galore, published by the Whisky Culture Research Institute, we report on 11 Japanese craft distilleries, including some that are open to the public for the first time, under the title of “Japanese Whisky Craft Frontline,” the first of three consecutive issues. Why did the popularity of Japanese whiskey and the craft boom occur? We will examine with interviews. Chichibu Distillery / Chichibu No.2 Distillery / Mars Shinshu Distillery / Mars Tsunuki Distillery / Kanosuke Distillery / Hioki Distillery / Ontake Distillery / Osuzuyama Distillery / Kaikyo Distillery / Hanyu Distillery / Konosu Distillery
(2023/06/07 20:00:46時点 Amazon調べ-詳細)
(2). Japanese Whisky as an Education for Business
This is a book written by Mamoru Tsuchiya, a world-famous whisky critic and representative of the Whisky Culture Research Institute, titled “Japanese Whisky as a Culture that Works for Business” .
The book covers the basics of whisky, the introduction of whisky to Japan, the birth of Japanese whisky, advertising strategies and the rise of Japanese whisky, and the current rise of craft distilleries. This is a book that summarizes Japanese whisky in a very easy to understand way.
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(3). Whisky and I (Masataka Taketsuru)
Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka Whisky, devoted his life to brewing whisky in Japan. This is a revised and reprinted version of the autobiography of a man who simply loved whiskey and talked about himself. The book vividly depicts the days when he went to Scotland alone to study as a young man and overcame many hardships to complete Japanese whisky, as well as his companion, Rita.
(4). A Letter of Challenge from a New Generation Distillery
Launching in 2019. With the world experiencing an unprecedented whisky boom, what were the managers of craft distilleries thinking and what were their thoughts as they took on the challenge of making whiskey? This book tells the stories of 13 craft distillery owners, including Ichiro Hido of Venture Whisky, famous for his Ichirose Malt, who inspired the birth of craft distilleries in Japan.
(2023/06/08 07:00:08時点 Amazon調べ-詳細)
(5). Whiskey Rising
This is the Japanese version of Whisky Risng, published in the US in 2016, with much updated content. Not only does it describe the history of Japanese whiskey in detail, but it also includes data on all the distilleries in Japan, including the craft distilleries that have been founded in recent years. The book also includes descriptions of the legendary bottles that have been released, as well as information on bars where Japanese whisky can be found.
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