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29 Jan 2010

Nikka Yoichi 1991 for LMdW (#129374)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: * Japan

Yoichi (written 余市) won the 2008 edition of the World Whisky Awards so we already know they deliver great stuff. Yoichi is a Nikka distillery known for their peated bottlings.

This 18 Years old Yoichi 1991/2009 was matured in a virgin oak cask, which should make for a spicy dram.


Yoichi 1991/2009 LMdW Nikka Yoichi 1991 (58%, OB 2009 for La Maison du Whisky, new oak cask #129374, 453 btl.)

Nose: Houston, we have a winner! Really, just smell this and you’ll be instantly intrigued. Very waxy and honeyed, with floral notes as well as sweeter notes of peaches. Vanilla scented candles. Big big notes of honeydew melon! There’s also a woody side to it (sawdust), with spicy notes of cinnamon and ginger lemonade. Curiously farmy as well. Hints of leather armchairs. Mouth: rather hot at first and very spicy, with a peppery kick. The peat is more noticeable now, but not predominant at all. A touch of smoke. Salty undertones. Getting sweeter with nice hints of yellow raisins. Well balanced with the wood. Finish: long and warming. A round chocolate sweetness with tangerines and the lightest hint of peat.

Very complex and beautiful. It’s intense in different ways: the sweetness, the spiciness, the wood… they’re all very powerful and coated with gentle peat. Impressive. Around € 120.

Score: 92/100

Nikka Yoichi 1991 for LMdW (#129374) 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2010-01-29
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  • Charlie

    Wow, you gave Nikka Yoichi 1991 the highest score (92) among the MMA 2009 gold medals. Any particular reason for that extra point?

  • Ruben

    I’m not ready yet with all of the gold medals of course, so there could be higher scores still. Anyway the Nikka is really complex and more unique than the other ones (i.e. I couldn’t name other bottles that have the same profile). Moreover, it’s the cheapest of all the gold medal winners.

  • Bert B.


    There are quite some Nikka’s with exactly that same profile. I recognised it blind in last year’s awards … thàt profile really isn’t thàt unique …

    B. !!!

  • Ruben

    Okay it was a bit confusing, but I meant that I don’t know many other distilleries with the same profile as Nikka. I agree that there are more Nikka’s with this profile.



September 2014
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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
  • george: i see you have tried st magdalene and say it is harder to find i am a collector of st magdalene and i have 40 bottles i am selling these date from 196
  • sjoerd972: I wish the guys at Bushmills would demand the labels to say "Northern Ireland" so we didn't have to speculate on the booze's origins.

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