The advent calendar fun continues with a cheeky wee Japanese whisky from Nikka's Yoichi distillery (founded in 1934 and known for their six coal fired stills). While I've long been a fan of Japanese whisky in general I've never been a fan of Yoichi's general releases. I've never had this release, though, so color me intrigued.

Behind window #2: Yoichi, 43% alc., £32/$50 (50cl)

C: Bright copper

N: Fruit candies (Pear Drops especially) up front with a firm malt backbone then a developing soapiness (which I appreciate but understand isn't everyone's cup of tea)

P: Not particularly exuberant on the tongue (what we might expect from a young, 43% whisky) but there's a continuing malt thread from the nose and developing vanilla from the wood

F: Short to moderate with lingering fruitiness and cereal notes

In conclusion: As mentioned in the intro, I'm not normally a fan of Yoichi but this is quite tasty (reminiscent of Glen Grant, The Major's Reserve). It's bright and fruity with a pleasant maltiness. I'd pour this at a blind tasting and listen to what people think of the whisky (rather than the label).

Sincere thanks to Master of Malt's Drinks by the Dram for the sample.