[Review] Single Malt Yoichi SHERRY & SWEET (distillery only)

Whisky Review
Whisky Review
Nikka WhiskyYoichi Distillery

This single malt whisky is only available at the Yoichi Distillery. It is a series that highlights the character of Yoichi’s official bottles by the barrels and malt strains used: “Petey & Salty” , “Woody & Vanilla” , and “Sherry & Sweet” . The 12 year old version of this series was previously released, but due to a shortage of raw alcohol from the recent Japanese whisky boom, it was discontinued and is now being released again as a non-aged version.


1. Manufacturer

Nikka Whisky Co.

Head office4-31, Minami-Aoyama 5-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8616, Japan
Owned distilleriesYoichi Distillery, Miyagikyo Distillery, Ben Nevis Distillery

2. Distilleries

Yoichi Distillery

Location 7-6 Kurokawa-cho, Yoichi-cho, Yoichi-gun, Hokkaido 046-0003, Japan
Start of operation 1936

Yoichi distillery in Hokkaido is known as the Scotland of Japan. It was established in 1934 by Masataka Taketsuru, aka Masan, whose predecessor, Dainippon Fruit Juice Co. Masataka Taketsuru believed that the ideal location for a distillery Cool and humid climate, rich water source and clear air Masataka Taketsuru believed that a place with all the characteristics of Scotland was essential for making the ideal whisky, and he chose Yoichi, located at the base of the Shakotan Peninsula, west of Otaru, from among various candidate sites. Masataka Taketsuru’s goal for his first distillery was to create a heavy and powerful malt whisky. Masataka Taketsuru’s goal for his first distillery was to make a heavy and powerful malt whisky, and he insisted on reproducing the whisky-making methods he had learned at distilleries in Scotland without compromise. The symbol of this commitment is “direct coal distillation”. The distillation method is based on that of the Longmorn distillery, where he learned it himself. If it is necessary to make genuine whisky, we will protect it even if it is inefficient. Such passion, which can be said to be the origin of Nikka Whisky, and Masataka Taketsuru’s dream have been handed down to this day.


3. Product name and photo

Single Malt Yoichi SHERRY & SWEET

Rich fruit sweetness and a bittersweetness and fullness from the oak.

This is a sweet sherry with a red label, which makes it sound sweet and winey. However, there is a noticeable amount of rubber and sulfur, as you would expect from a Nikka sherry. After that, a sweet brandy-like aroma. Sweetness of cooked apple and blueberry jam. Slightly salty flavors as well. In the middle, an astringent woodiness appears.

4-1. Tasting Notes

NoseSherry-derived dried raisins, cocoa and spicy aromas.
TasteNot as astringent as the aroma, with a youthful spiciness straight away, but becomes firm and sweet with additional water.
AftertasteA rubbery sweetness and spiciness lingers on the palate.

4-2. Product Specifications

Alcohol content55%
alcohol categorySingle malt whisky
Cask TypeSherry casks
Number of bottles sold
Suggested retail price6,800 yen (tax included)
Release date

5. Awards

No awards have been received at this time.

6. Price

6-1. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price

Product nameSingle Malt Yoichi Sherry & Sweet
Suggested retail priceTax included: 6,800 yen

6-2. Resale price on Mercari

The resale price on Mercari is Around 10,000 yen to 12,000 yen The resale price on Mercari is as follows. (*As of March 10 , 2021)

6-3. Yahoo auction bidding price

The winning bid price on Yahoo Auction is Lowest bidder: 8,250 yen, highest bidder: 14,000 yen, average bidder: 10,312 yen (*Statistics for the past 120 days as of March 10 , 2021)

6-4. Rakuten, Yahoo Shopping, Amazon

It is also sold on mail order sites at Around 15,000 yen to 17,000 yen (*As of March 10 , 2021) .
Basically, this is a product that can only be purchased at distilleries, so the selling price on the Internet is set at a very high price.

6-5. Price offered at BAR Shinkai

At “Bar Shinkai” which is operated by this website, it is offered at 1 glass, 45ml: 4,620 yen, 30ml: 3,080 yen, 15ml: 1,540 yen It is available at.


7. Summary

The strength of this single malt makes it highly satisfying. Of course, straight or on the rocks is recommended. This is the perfect whisky for people who can’t get enough of Yoichi and want to feel the breadth of Yoichi. It is also recommended for Macallan lovers.

It’s a great whisky for those who can’t get enough of Yoichi and want to experience its breadth.




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 whisky 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

(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.

(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 whisky 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 whisky? 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.

(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 whisky 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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Born July 17, 1981 in Kitahiroshima City, Hokkaido, Japan
After graduating from university, joined NTT Data Customer Service Corporation as a new graduate.
2010: Opened "Azabujuban BAR Shinkai" → 2016: Developed specialty "Yakuzen Curry" → 2018: Opened "Toranomon BAR Shinkai" and in 2019 "Shibadaimon BAR Shinkai" → 2020: Started web media "Japanese Whisky Dictionary".
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