Name: Yoichi NAS
Region: Hokkaido, Japan
Type: Single Malt
Age: Non-aged statement
Bottle size: 500mL
Nose: Fresh fruits. Pears, apples, pineapple. Very fresh and rich. Spicy stuff floats around (cinnamon ?). Really nice nose. Can't say I detect usual Yoichi peat.
Palate: The fruits are stealing the show. Quite rich but it manage to keep fresh. Really tasty. "Strong" malt backend. The peat now appears as a light smoke, balanced with the rest of the palate. I was expecting something more one-dimensional to be honest, this is a nice surprise.
Finish: Fruits fruits fruits. Quite long fruits. The smoke keeps going on in the background.
Overall: Obviously less complex than the aged bottlings, but honestly this is really fair considering the price. The peat is more discreet than those bottling too but it's still Yoichi style. Well worth the price.
Rating: 85 / 100