Yoichi Single Malt, 45%
Price: $80 ● Issue: Winter 2016 ● Reviewer: Jonny McCormick
Yoichi age statements are gone for now, but if the whisky stays this good, I can live with that. Black earthy peat, smoldering fires, a turned-out pocket of briny seashells, whole lime, lemon twist, sugared orange, ground ginger, and licorice. Silky smooth, with light, fruity sweetness developing into tangy Spangles, kiwi, and lime juice. The smoky peat is the weft woven through the fruit structure's warp. The finish is insanely long: menthol, peat, and leather.