Established in 1934, Masataka Taketsuru chose those Hokkaido as the site for his Yoichi distillery because of it's enviromental similarities to Scotland, where he had learned whisky making.
The distillery has 6 pot stills, and is known for it's peated style whiskies made using traditional direct coal-fired distillation. It also achieves those slightly saltier note from it's coastal location. Very similar to that of the Hazelburn distillery in Campbeltown in Scotland where Taketsuru had worked.
Yoichi became famouse through it's age statement, 10, 12, 15, 20 year old expression. However due to high demand, they have now mostly been discontinued and are unavilable in Ireland and the U.K.