VISIT THE YOICHI DISTELLERY

7 Chome-6 Kurokawachō, Yoichi-chō, Yoichi-gun, Hokkaidō 046-0003, Japon

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  • Insolite & Curieux
  • Gastronomie

Located 50 kilometers west of Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido, the Yoichi distillery can remain indifferent with its stone walls and red tile roof. It combines a classic aesthetic that only the Japanese have the secret. It was in 1934 that the founder of Nikka group built on the island of Hokkaido once almost deserted its iconic distillery, embodying his dream of recreating a plot of Scotland in the land of the rising sun. Yoichi has an underground source of water filtered through peat, the best there is to produce whiskey. It has its own kiln topped with traditional fireplaces shaped pagoda. The latter ceased to operate to the 70 Very traditional, the distillery maltait formerly his barley on site and used peat from the plains of Ishikari. Now it provides in Scotland the highly subsidized local barley being both expensive and of average quality. However, its pot stills type still are still heated over a naked flame, traditional method that most Scottish distilleries were abandoned. Onion-shaped and relatively stocky, they produce a rich and corpulent alcohol. According to the wishes of the master distiller, Yoichi can produce a very peaty malt unpeated, slightly peaty or for light flavors, regular or heavy and concentrated by varying the amount of yeast and fermentation time, enough to make your head spin Scottish distillers masters who sometimes struggling to produce homogeneous one type of malt! Indeed, the Japanese blenders do not have the habit of exchanging drums, they must produce different flavor profiles on the same site. Yoichi offers a range of incredible richness with the red wire peat and spices. The visitor center is a model of its kind. It relates the life of its founder Masataka Taketsuru and Scottish wife Rita. Finally, hard to resist the many limited editions sold exclusively at the distillery ...

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