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Yoichi Distillery was establised in 1934 by Masataka Taketsuru, he was the first Japanese who mastered whisky making in Scotland, valued the climate and natural features of the north. Yoichi, the place chosen by Masataka was close to the sea, surrounded by mountains on three sides and in many ways similar to Highland in Scotland. Masataka set a pot still using direct coal-fire when he built the Yoichi Distillery. This traditional coal-fired distillation is hardly seen today as it is difficult to control temperature and requires highly skilled craftsmen. The characteristics of Yoichi Single Malt such boldness and toasty burnt flavors are unique features of this distillation.