Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Yoichi Single Cask 1987/2005
Blank label similar to this bottling
Review by Nonjatta contributor - Serge Valentin
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"Yoichi 1987/2005 (49%, OB, Peated, cask #254816, Warehouse #3) [Nonjatta: Not to be confused with the 1987 single cask bottled in 2004]
Colour: Pale gold.
Nose: Starts very meaty, on lovage and ham with notes of veal cooked in butter, even a tad acetic (wine vinegar). A lot of bacon too (the ferry to Islay at 8 in the morning – hard for continental stomachs!) The good news is that all this gets cleaner and purer after a few minutes, much more on crystal-clean peat, lemon juice and white pepper with faint whiffs of incense and sandalwood. Very, very discreet notes of horse manure. Very nice nose but nothing too wild here, even if it gets both fruitier and cheesier after a good twenty minutes.
Mouth: A very compact attack, all focused on Seville oranges and peat. More citrus fruits after that (slight fizziness) and more herbs, with hints of coriander and parsley. Good development on crystallised ginger and Szechuan pepper, with a return on crystallised oranges. Very balanced peat.
Finish: Long, half-round, half-wild, with added notes of chewed cigar.
Comments: Maybe not total magic but very, very good. Perfect balance peat/wood that create a most pleasant spiciness. SGP:455 - 87 points." (Serge`s scoring system is explained on this page.)