Originally Posted by singordie1818
i live in niigata prefecture, off the japan sea coast, if that's useful to you, islay peat. i have indeed considered checking out hakushu as well as other yoichi expressions beyond the NAS: the 10 year-old, in fact, is very much on my short list, as it seems to have some of what i crave at a reasonable price. (of course, the NAS expression; nikka's from the barrel, and the pure malt series bottles offer a very attractive price point if they fit the bill!)
the more i think about it, the more inclined i am to try for a few bottles totalling 50 years to celebrate my 50th. thus, the lagavulin 16; caol ila 12; highland park; and one 10 year-old would be perfect... i've got yoichi on my radar for this, as well as the springbank, the laphroaig 10 y.o. cask strength; ardbeg 10 (tho' i've already had a bottle, and might do just as well with the laphroaig 10); and the longrow 10 as a longshot that sounds promising. i might well consider hakushu 10, too, if you think that's got enough oomph to it (or maybe seek out their "heavily peated" offering?)...
anyway, if you have any further thoughts, let me know. i'd really appreciat the input. thinking increasingly of inviting a few (japanese) neighbors for a bit of a tasting...
You can get to the Miyagikyou distillery by going straight to Yamagata and catching the train towards Sendai. I can't remember the name of the station but it's 40 minutes from Sendai bound for Yamagata.
Don't know if you'd already heard, but Nikka's Taketsuru 17 won the 2012 WWA award for best blend in the world, and is readily available anywhere in the country and having tried their whole lineup from the 12, 17, 21, 25 and 35, it's the 17 for me.
I have a couple friends here in Alaska who have chosen the Hakushu 10 as their absolute favorite of everything I've shared with them this winter, but not knowing your tastes I'd hate to be wrong in saying you'd like it over the 12, or NAS even. However I do feel confident in saying that NAS Yamazaki is not good at all, while the NAS Hakushu is at least worthwhile, for the same price usually.
That said, I really like the Yamazaki 12 a lot.
If you ever get to feeling like spending some money, there's some Port Ellen 25 year in Tokyo that I'm tempted to buy when I get back there. Incredibly long and intoxicatingly delicious finish.
Back to Yoichi just for a moment, when Mr. Taketsuru got back to Japan from having apprenticed in Scotland, he specifically chose the Yoichi region, which back in the 20's may as well have been on a different continent, for its comparable climate to Scotland, water source and abundant peat.