Handcrafted in the traditional way, this shochu is single distilled from Japanese two-rowed barley and black koji rice that is locally sourced in Saga, along with the pure, famous waters of nearby Black Hair Mountain. At 70 proof it is more concentrated like shochus of old to enhance the subtle complexities, body and finish.
Tasting Notes: Reminiscent of sake on the nose, yet much like a young whisky on the palate.
A velvety texture with notes of banana bread, cantaloupe, vanilla and custard. Delicate, earthy, lively and delicious.
The traditional ways to enjoy this shochu is either neat, with one large chunk of ice or on the rocks with a thin slice of cucumber, with a splash of cold water and ice, or poured into a cup of hot water at a ratio of 1:1. This barley shochu is also a sophisticated swap for vodka and gin-based cocktails and simple mixed drinks.
Distilled and bottled in Saga, Japan, by the Munemasa Shuzo Co. of Arita.
More about Shochu:
Shochu is a traditional, distilled Japanese spirit that is remarkably smooth and light with delicate, earthy notes. Originating from the south of Japan nearly 500 years ago, it has a rustic charm layered over centuries of craftsmanship and refinement. Its distinctive flavors are a tribute to the local harvests and are rooted in a deep appreciation for the purity and perfection found in nature. To capture the true essence of the ingredients, authentic shochu is distilled only one time to preserve and highlight the naturally occurring oils and aromas.
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