Review by "Dramtastic":
A slight change of pace from the Yoichi 10 and 12. More oak, fruit and sherry with some nuttiness (macadamia). Spices kick in on the palate. This one is more closely related to the 20 than the younger Yoichi. Takes a while for a hint of peat to surface. The nose opens up nicely after a 15 minutes or so. A nice long spicy finish."
Oh, Mummy! This was fine. Not a huge nose but a bit Brazil nutty with light sweetness. In the mouth I was struck by the slightly stewed fruit being complicated by instant coffee and sweet marmalade. It was easy to drink, quite subtle and not particularly aggressive, but the complexity of the flavour held the interest. If you wanted to be hyper critical, you might say it was a little bit unassertive at the end but I don't want to pick holes because I loved it. A very congenial, clubbable sort of fellow.
Reviews by more reliable types
Fourteen reviewers on the Maltmaniacs.org website gave a 2006 bottling an average rating of 87/100 ("highly recommendable").
Serge Valentin, Whisky Fun, December 28, 2006. On a 2006 bottling. 87/100 ("highly recommendable"). Serge said it was very Japanese but "beautiful". He found the nose elegant. In the mouth it was "creamy but nervous", with a powerful smoky start and developing flavours of walnut liqueur, gingerbread, sugar and a touch of mint, cloves and ginger. It had a lengthy finish with a "faint cardboardiness, lots of spices, bitter chocolate, a little salt and various nuts."
Michael Jackson, Whisky Magazine, 13，16/12/2000. 8.5/10. Jackson preferred the peatier 10 year old to this c. 2000 bottling of Yoichi 15, which he described as having "lots of malt, chewy, creamy, oily."
Jim Murray, Whisky Magazine, 13，16/12/2000. 9.25/10. Murray went for the c. 2000 bottling in a big way: "sheer brilliance". He found vanilla predominated in the mouth, with a "fresh, fruity, mouth-watering quality. The finish was long and unctuous, with a little smoke.
(Please note the dates on reviews if they are provided. There may be significant variation between different years of a single malt brand)
45 per cent
Price (May 2007)
700 ml - 10,493 yen