On a related note, I just picked up another pure malt: Nikka Taketsura 12 year old. I think it is a vatting of whiskies from two different Nikka distilleries. Not smoky like Yoichi, but pretty nice and balanced so far.

Interestingly, Japanese single malts are sometimes labeled "pure malt." Come to think of it I have a bottle of Strathisla 12 that is labeled as a pure Highland malt, though a more accurate description would be "single Speyside malt." It does get confusing...