Yoichi Distillery was founded in 1934 by Masataka Taketsuru, who parted ways with his longtime mentor Shinjiro Torii.
Masataka chose the town of Yoichi in Hokkaido because the settings and climate conditions reminded him of Scotland, where he studied craft of whisky making. Today the distillery is equipped with six stills and produces 2 million liters of spirit per annum. In the fall of 2015 the entire Yoichi range was phased out due to lack of inventory and replaced with NAS expression supplemented with few annual limited editions. Yoichi Bourbon Wood Finish was aged in oak barrels for unspecified period of time and finished in fresh bourbon barrels for about a year. Released in 2018 for the European market with an outrun of 2934 bottles.
Nose: fruity, pears, Mirabelle plums, candied lemon peel, quince jelly, vanilla, candied ginger, white pepper and distant whiff of smoke.
Palate: sweet with salty tang, apples, pears, banana bread, walnuts, vanilla, honey, licorice, pepper, cloves and hints of peat.
Finish: medium long, slightly mineral, with notes of walnuts, orchard fruit, vanilla, hints of tobacco and peat.