July 28, 2015

Nikka Yoichi Whisky + Vegas Robaina 2012 Regional

Hey Nice Pair People, Jeffrey here back with my sophomore pairing.  Pairing whisky and cigars is a passion of ours and tonight we travel to the far ends of our globe to try this awesome Japanese whisky with our cigars.

The Drink: Nikka Yoichi 10 year Single malt whisky

This pair brings us Nikka Yoichi 10 year Single malt whisky from the land of the rising sun – Japan. I was intrigued to try this after trolling YouTube and watching a respected connoisseur rate this as on of the 5 best whiskies in the world. To be honest, I was very skeptical as my previous experience with Japanese whisky has not be good. I was also taken aback with the bottle price of over $100. Who pays more then $100 for a 10 year old?

On the nose we found notes of vanilla, floral & caramel – nothing overpowering. Colour is slightly pale – somewhat viscose 1st impressions – Dances n the tongue, almost like a carbonation, sweet, spice & oak flavors. long finish with a lingering citrus taste. Overall one of the most complex whiskies I have sampled.

The Cigar: Vegas Robaina 2012 Edicion Regional Canada

Pairing with the Yoichi is the Vegas Robaina 2012 Edicion Regional Canada. A limited to Canada Double Robusto (6.5″x54) with 5,000 boxes of 10 cigars produced. Vegas Robaina’s have always been a favorite smoke of mine due to the quality and value.

The stick firm roll, slightly leathery – consistent with other Vegas Robaina vitolas. Draw was tough on 2 out of three sticks the 1st inch or so but once they got going smoke was very pleasurable with a medium to light profile and the taste of sweet grass coming through.

The Pair

Together flavours evoked were oak & bitters with a major spice burst.  When pairing whisky and cigars you never know what’s going to arrive on the palate at the end of it all.

I am calling this the “Friday Night Special” pair. Hard week in the salt mines, take a hour and enjoy this pair – your stress will melt away! There are soothing and mellow elements to both the whisky and the scotch that work amazing together. The Yoichi is worth every penny and is one of the most memorable whiskies I have tasted.