[YOIYO Series] Vol.14 – Akkeshi Hakuro Chocolate & Vol.15 – Akkeshi Hakuro Terrine [Akkeshi Distillery]

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Collaboration of “YOIYO” chocolate and Hokkaido’s “Akkeshi Distillery” for the third year in a row! The “14th YOIYO <Akkeshi Distillery> Whisky Hakuro” and “15th YOIYO Terrine <Akkkeshi Distillery> Whisky Hakuro” are available for purchase. There is also a campaign to win a bottle of Single Malt Hakuro.

YOIYO’s distillery collaboration products sake chocolate and sake terrine will be on sale. Sales will begin on January 23, 10:00 a.m. at the official online store!

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1. What is “YOIYO”?

Get drunk on Japan, Chocolate.

 

There is a Japan you don’t know yet.
It is the taste of pure water, local ingredients, and traditional techniques.
We have packed carefully crafted sake into a single piece.
Enjoy it at dusk or after dinner as if you were going on a trip.
This is a chocolate for adults.
Have a good night, feeling a little tipsy.

Quoted from Lotte’s official website

“YOIYO” is a [Japanese craft sake chocolate] sold by Lotte Corporation, a chocolate containing alcohol like a so-called whisky bonbon. The main ingredient is Japanese whisky, and the greatness, persistence, and thoughts of the maker of the alcohol and the maker of the chocolate are packed into a single piece of chocolate.

The package design of each product is fashionable, printed with the regional scenery of each distillery and the distiller.

 Distillery nameAlcoholic beverage used
The first releaseKomagatake DistillerySingle Malt Komagatake
The second releaseKomagatake DistillerySingle Malt Komagatake Yakushima Aging
The third releaseAkkeshi DistilleryAkkeshi Twenty-Four Solar Terms Series Single Malt Boshu
The fourth releaseAkkeshi DistilleryAkkeshi Twenty-Four Solar Terms Series Single Malt Ritto
The fifth releaseGaiaflow DistillerySingle cask W782
The sixth releaseTsunuki DistillerySingle Malt Tsunuki
The seventh releaseSakurao DistillerySAKURAO GIN LIMITED
The eighth releaseAoki The Sake Brewery YUKIOTOKO Junmaishu
The ninth releaseAkkeshi DistilleryAkkeshi Twenty-Four Solar Terms Series Single Malt Taisetsu
The tenth releaseAkkeshi DistilleryAkkeshi Twenty-Four Solar Terms Series Single Malt Taisetsu
The eleventh releaseSaburomaru DistillerySingle Cask Saburomaru
The twelfth releaseAsaka Distillery

Single Malt Asaka

The thirteenth release Asaka Distillery

Single Malt Asaka

The fourteenth release Akkeshi Distillery

Single Malt Hakuro

The fifteenth release Akkeshi Distillery

Single Malt Hakuro

For more information on past products, please visit the official website.

This time we will introduce the “14th YOIYO ( Akkeshi Distillery ) Whisky Hakuro” and the “15th YOIYO Terrine ( Akkeshi Distillery ) Whisky Hakuro”.

A campaign to win a bottle of Akkeshi Hakuro when you buy YOIYO seems to be underway on the official website.

2. 14th YOIYO <Akkeshi Distillery> Whisky Hakuro

Image source: YOIYO official website

Compared to previous Akkeshi whiskies, I got the impression that this was a serious whisky with a subtle blend of mild peat and a hint of citrus flavor. I am always serious, but I responded by blending a few percent more finely on the chocolate side as well.
By slowing down the mouthfeel of the chocolate, I made delicate adjustments so that the aroma of the whiskey comes first and the taste of the chocolate stands out later.

Yuta Arai, Chocolate Research Section 1, Chocolate and Biscuit Research Department, Central Research Laboratory, Lotte

Product nameYOIYO <Akkeshi Distillery> Whisky Hakuro
Release DateJanuary 23, 2024
Price

・Set of 10
6,300 yen without tax (6,804 yen with tax) Free shipping

・Set of 4
-Exclusive gift bag‐
3,019 yen without tax (3,260 yen with tax) including shipping charge

・1 piece
630 yen without tax (680 yen with tax), excluding shipping charge

Purchase website

Reservations only

3. 15th YOIYO Terrine <Akkkeshi Distillery> Whisky Hakuro

Image source: YOIYO official website

I was surprised when Mr. Tatsuzaki suggested adding walnuts.
Since we were using precious whisky, we tried to avoid adding anything unnecessary, but I think it turned out very nice, enhancing both the sake and the terrine.

We also repeated prototyping the orange juice mixture in several percent increments, while watching the balance with the dough.
I hope you will take the time to enjoy this treat for yourself.

Sumiko Ohara, Biscuit Research Section, Chocolate and Biscuit Research Department, Central Research Laboratory, Lotte Co.

Product nameYOIYO Terrine <Akkkeshi Distillery> Whisky Hakuro
Release DateJanuary 23, 2024
Price

1 piece
3,797 yen without tax (4,100 yen with tax) Shipping cost not included

Purchase website

Reservations only

Both the whisky and the chocolate were made with real care for each other, so they contain a great deal of thought.

In the season of conveying feelings with chocolate, I think the recipient will be able to feel the seriousness of our feelings.

For the terrine, I wanted to create something new and interesting, so I suggested walnuts and orange juice.

I think it must have been very difficult for the developers, but I think that both products were completed to a very high degree of perfection and are delicious.

Katsuyuki Tatsuzaki, Distiller and Chief Blender, Akkeshi Distillery

5. Products of the Akkeshi Distillery

For more information on Akkeshi Distillery’s products, please click here↓.

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Misato Ushiwata

Born in Fukushima Prefecture.
She attended a university in Tokyo, where she studied brewing and other sciences while translating articles for the "Japanese Whisky Dictionary".

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