Released in 2022 as part of Nikka's experimental Discovery series, this peated single malt from the Yoichi distillery was produced using low-temperature fermentation, making for a floral and fruity Japanese whisky with daiginjo sake aromas.
Nikka's Discovery series has them showcasing various experiments that the distillery has been working on over the years. They released 2 such expressions in 2022, focusing on how different yeast strains affect the flavor of Japanese whisky from Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. Nikka Yoichi Aromatic Yeast is a peated Japanese single malt that was produced using low-temperature fermentation in a nod to sake production techniques. The floral and fruity spirit invokes estery daiginjo sake notes along with earthy, smoky, herbaceous, and maritime aromas. It's bottled at 96 proof.
About Nikka Whisky
In 1895, Masataka Taketsuru — the father of Japanese Whisky — was born in the small town of Takehara, Japan. At the time, Masataka's family owned a sake brewery, and in preparing to carry on the family trade, Masataka studied chemistry and biology at Osaka Technical High School. Upon matriculation, however, Masataka showed more interest in whisky than in sake and in 1918, enrolled at the University of Glasgow, becoming the first Japanese ever to study the art of whisky-making.