Distiller: Nikka Yoichi
Type: Single Malt Whisky
The 8th of January 1920, Nikka’s founder Masataka Takesturu married Jessie Roberta Cowan, better known as Rita, in Glasgow.
This year Nikka wishes to commemorate their 100th wedding anniversary with this limited edition.
This Yoichi single malt has been finished in Apple Brandy barrels and bottled in 2020. Apples are a strong symbol for Nikka and often associated with the relationship between Rita & Masataka Taketsuru, as he started his business activity with the production of apple juices and jams while awaiting the maturation of his first whiskies.
- Nose: Rich, deep. First, a fine dusting of ash covers apples that have just been taken out of the oven. The peatiness then takes over, alternating between dry and oily, and bringing a sharp contrast to the aromatic palette. Little by little, these scents and the intense smoke of a burning Havana appear in style. The Yoichi "style", concentrated and powerful, is fully expressed from that moment on.
- Palate: Fine, complex. Unlike the nose, the attack is remarkably fruity (candied apple and pear), a slight peatiness then builds up around the flavour palette. Mid-palate, aromatic herbs (lemon balm and chervil), lamb's lettuce, and watercress are testament to a wonderful, grassy development. Eventually, walnuts and apples bring home the oily and luscious character.
- Aftertaste: long, well-rounded. Perfectly balanced, with notes of liquorice and vanilla, the zest of grapefruit and lemon brings some liveliness to the finish while peatiness dries up into a hint of twigs and straw. Dried fruits (almond, hazelnut and date) and toasted bread flavours complement each other perfectly in retro nasal-olfaction. The empty glass is a subtle blend of ripe apple, peat and hay.