Nikka has launched 3 limited edition of Yoichi Key Malt Series Whisky, the series are not named after their age, but by their unique tastes. The Key Malt Series include Peaty & Salty, which has smoky and fabulous ocean flavors, Woody and Vanillic which has cream and thick chocolate flavors, and Sherry & Sweet, having a fruity and sweet pails. This series is a very rare kind of whisky and it’s well-known for its flavor-theme.
The Yoichi Distillery is one of Nikka’s two malt distilleries. It uses imported Scottish peat, and distills on old-school coal-fired stills. The nose has stewed apple, pear, and buttery shortbread. The spice expands further on the palate: ground ginger, nutmeg, and fresh cut vanilla bean. There’s a touch of rawness in the spirit from a fresh bottle, but it quickly dissipates in the glass, and is gone for good by the second dram. Late on the palate there’s vanilla toffee and sweet oily smoke, then the finish adds lemon pith and Chardonnay barrel. The lovely smoke that magically appears after a number of seconds then rolls around the palate and compliments the usual stone fruits
Gold & Gold has been one of the mainstays of Nikka range of blended whiskies since its launch in 1968. This version is actually called 'Shirobin' or 'White bottle', even though the labeling is all in black. The 'white' probably refers to the transparent glass, which can also be described as 'shiroi' in Japanese.
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