dinsdag 2 november 2021

Old Fashioned Week 2021 : Yoichi

During this edition of Old Fashioned Week, I want to use whisk(e)y from all over the world. This week I’m stirring the oldest cocktail recipe with spirits from Scotland, America and Japan. I try to serve them in a style that is typical for their country. 

Let’s have a look at Japan. This country is a long and narrow island with lots of coastlines. This should be the perfect environment for a smoky coastal whisky. 

Nikka Yoichi Single Malt whisky is distilled by Nikka in Japan. Since 1934 they distil Single Malt at the Nikka Hokkaido Yoichi distillery. They blend several batches to create a nice balanced spirit. They distil in a very traditional way with fire and coal. In this Single Malt, you will detect smoke and peat, but also dark chocolate, nutmeg and dried fruit. In the nose lemon, fresh-baked bread and vanilla. It’s soft and sweet, clouded with some smoke. The finish has a saline touch. 

So, what’s the Japanese style? Clean drinks, clear ice, no fancy garnishes. Every aspect of the drink needs to contribute to the taste and aroma. Keep it simple.

Nikka Old Fashioned

50 ml Yoichi whisky
15 ml Gonzalez Byass Cristina Medium Sherry
5 ml Rose syrup
1 dash (or approx.. 4 drops) of Calamansi citrus bitters (If you don’t have these, use grapefruit bitters, those are available at most liqueur stores)

For the Japanese style Old Fashioned, we are serving this drink on a large rock of clear ice. This means we’ll first stir the cocktail in a mixing glass with lots of ice cubes. Keep it simple with the garnish, I used a piece of dehydrated grapefruit. 

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