【Review】 Single Malt Yoichi Woody & Vanilla

Whisky Review
Whisky Review
Nikka WhiskyYoichi Distillery

This single malt whisky is only available at the Yoichi distillery. It is a series that accentuates the character of the official Yoichi bottles by the barrels and malt strains used, such as “Woody & Vanilla”, “Petey & Salty”, and “Sherry & Sweet”. The Yoichi series was previously released in a 12 year old version, but due to a shortage of raw spirits from the recent Japanese whisky boom, it was discontinued and released again in a non-aged version.
Originally, Yoichi series had a rich lineup of 10 years, 12 years, 15 years, and 20 years, but those so-called vintage products were all discontinued in August 2015, and now only non-vintage products are sold.


 1. Manufacture

Nikka whisky Co.

Establishment 1934
Head office location 4-31, Minamiaoyama 5-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 〒107-8616, Japan
Owned Distillery Yoichi 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 Scotland in Japan. Dai Nippon Fruit Juice Co., Ltd. was established in 1934 by Masataka Taketsuru, called Massan.
Masataka Taketsuru believed thata cool and humid climate similar to Scotland, rich water sources and dignified and clear air were indispensable for the creation of ideal whisky, so he chose Yoichi, which is located west of Otaru and at the base of the Shakotan Peninsula, from various candidate sites. His goal at his first distillery was to make a heavy and powerful malt whisky. He focused on reproducing the whisky-making methods that he learned at  Scottish distillery without any compromise. The symbol of this commitment iscoal open flame distillation”. This distillation method was adopted according to the method of the Long morn distillery that he learned. “If it is necessary to make real whisky, even if it is inefficient, I will protect it.” The passion that can be said to be the origin of Nikka Whisky and the dream of Masataka Taketsuru are still inherited.



Reference: Yoichi Distillery – NIKKA WHISKY
For more information on the Yoichi Distillery, please see this article.

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3. Product name and photo

Single Malt Yoichi Woody&Vanillic

4. Features

Soft vanilla on the nose, woody on the palate

This bottle is a good blend of woody and vanilla notes from the barrel.
Although the alcohol in the non-aged bottle is a little tense, the aroma is fresh and melon-like, with hints of vanilla, cocoa, malt, and white oak. At the beginning of the drink, as the brand name suggests, the vanilla aroma comes first, followed by a hint of bourbon’s ethereal aroma and bitterness.
If you drink it straight or with a little water (a few drops of water), you can feel the sweetness more easily, and the vanilla sweetness will follow later. There is also a hint of oak and some peat.

4-1. Tasting Notes

Scent Oaky, sweet to weakly peaty nose
Taste Creamy, chocolatey, rum-raisin, astringent, bourbon-like vanilla
Aftertaste Vanilla sweetness gives way to a woody, subtly scented, peaty finish

4-2. Product Specifications

Alcohol level 55%
By Liquor Single Malt Whisky
Barrel type
Contents 500ml
Number of sales
Suggested retail price 6,800 yen (including tax)
Release date

5. Awards

There are no awards at this time.

6. Price

6-1. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price

Product name Single Malt Yoichi Woody & Vanilla
Capacity 500ml
Suggested retail price 6,800 yen (including tax)

6-2. Resale prices at Mercari

Resale prices at Mercari are around 9,000 yen to 12,000 yen. (*As of March 18, 2021)

6-3. Yahoo Auction Winning Bid Price

The winning bid price at yahoo auction is 7,010 yen, up to 25,000 yen, average 8,839 yen (*Statistical information for the past 120 days from March 18, 2021)

The highest price of 25,000 yen is for a set of three.

6-4. Rakuten, Yahoo Shopping, Amazon

It is also sold on mail order sites for around 12,000 yen to 16,000 yen. (*As of March 18, 2021)

Basically, these products can only be purchased at distilleries, so the selling price on the Internet is set quite high.

6-5. Offered prices at BAR Shinkai

“BAR Shinkai” operated by this site offers one cup, 45ml: 4,200 yen 30ml: 2,800 yen 15ml: 1,400 yen.

Information about “BAR Shinkai”
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This whisky is soft on the palate, with more vanilla up front than woody, reminiscent of bourbon barrel vanilla. Tannin-like flavors are also present. The tanginess of the alcohol on the tongue comes from the woodiness. However, the vanilla flavor is still there at the base of the entire wine, and as you continue to drink it, you will end up with the impression that you are eating candy or vanilla ice cream.
It is a whisky that is easier to feel the vanilla flavor when drunk straight.
It’s a whisky that is limited to the Yoichi distillery, so you can’t buy it at ordinary liquor stores or mass merchandisers, but it’s a whisky that you can almost always find at the Yoichi distillery, so it’s a whisky that you should definitely check out when you visit the distillery.

■It is a whisky that you can almost always find at the Yoichi distillery.

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深瀬 悠二

Born in Sapporo, Hokkaido.
In 2005, worked for a major sporting goods sales chain → In January 2019, worked at BAR Shinkai and was drawn in and captivated by the allure of whiskey. The first whiskey he ever drank was Ardbeg 10 years old. Aiming to acquire further knowledge while drinking whiskey almost every day, he obtained the Whiskey Certificate Level 2 and JC Level (Japanese Craft Whiskey).
He wants to express the thoughts of the distiller and convey correct information to the drinkers. He is in charge of editing the web media "Japanese Whisky Dictionary" with a desire to convey the appeal of whisky to as many people as possible.

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