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Hi guys, I'm new here - so Hi everyone hope you are well and enjoying great whisky. Im quite a novice in terms of whisky and I have a question for you that i wonder about.So the Nikka Yoichi 10 Years Old is made with direct coal-fired pot stills. On the label it is said that this leaves the whisky with a smokey flavor.My question is the following- Can the smokey flavor in this whisky come solely from the coal-fired stills, or must peat be used in the process? I emailed Nikka, got no answer as their sales department answered the mail.Might be a stupid question, however I hope someone can help. Stay healthy.
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Carlton's explanation is spot-on! I have visited Nikka Yoichi distillery this summer and can share a picture of the coal-fired pot stills.Slàinte!
@Carlton and @SlàinteMhath Oh wow guys, thanks for the awesome reply and the photo! The reason behind the question is this quote which is printed on my Gift box of the 10year old. "At Yoichi, the small pot still are still heated by a coal fire (...) The very strong direct heat slightly burns the contens at the bottom of the pot still, giving the whiskies a powerful, smoky character".If anything, it might be so little that you are not able to taste it. Peated malt was used in the process of making this whisky im sure. Just wanted to know Thanks again.
@Carlton Interesting right? On their website this is also written. "Yoichi single malt has pleasant peaty notes and smokiness originating from the traditional direct coal-fired distillation as well as a briny hint delivered by the sea breeze during the aging process" Thats why I made the post! I have never seen any other distillery claim this either.
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