Yoichi 1991/2007 cask #129493, 62%
Undiluted, the nose is a combination of the oriental wood smell so typical for Japanese whisky and delicate sweet sherry. The sherry influence is not heavy. No coffee, no citrus, no chocolate in this one. More like cherries or something. Obviously a lot of alcohol but for some reason it doesn't bother that much. It's a really nice nose, I could go on sniffing this forever. The lack of peat is noticeable, this is a lightly peated Yoichis.
The mouthfeel and taste are excellent. Perfectly sippable without diluting. The 2 years this bottle has been open must have mellowed it a bit, although it has always been easy. The Yoichi malt is robust, the flavour on this one is really strong. I get similar sherry than in the nose, the distinct malt, some apparently oak-related spiciness and some peat. The balance and depth are just perfect here, there is a massive burst of flavour without any element really dominating. The sherry in the aftertaste is long, sweet and delicate.
As with the Miyagikyo, water brings out some oak in the nose. The flavour opens up a bit and develops a light orange-like taste. The taste develops interestingly into two separate shows, the lightly dancing fruity sherriness and a heavy, slightly distant undercurrent.
As you can probably tell, I really really enjoy this. Top dram
Got to quit for tonight, but I still have 3 more SC Yoichis and Yamazaki 18 to continue with, hopefully tomorrow..