November 2014 - Asian Spirits

This month's Spirits feature is Asian Spirits
Asian Spirits Reviews
208025
Satsuma Shuzo
Honkaku Shochu "Makurazaki"
Clear color. Interesting aromas of white balsamic vinegar, roasted chestnuts, and marinated mushrooms with a silky, soft, dry light body and a tingling, interesting, easy bamboo and faint spice finish. An interesting savory shochu with a nice streak of umami.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208208
Hite
Soju
Clear color. Faint aromas and flavors of chalk with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a silky, quick finish with accents of powdered sugar, marshmallow, and porcelain. A nice simple soju.
89 points $1.20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208026
Satsuma Shuzo
Honkaku Shochu "Sakura Shiranami"
Clear color. Lively aromas and flavors of pickled okra, smoked paprika, roasted nuts, and sausage with a silky, soft, dryish light body and a tingling, refreshing, breezy finish with notes of cream, minerals, forest herbs, and mint paste. A stylish and layered shochu.
89 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208027
Satsuma Shuzo
Satsuma Shochu "Kuro Shiranami"
Clear color. Lively aromas of fig bread, exotic nuts, delicate spice, and molasses with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, peppery spice, ginger root, and radish finish.
88 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208241
Gekkeikan Bizan
Barley Shochu
Clear color. Faint yeasty aromas and flavors of pastry dough, starfruit, and putty with a soft, soft, dryish light body and a tingling, breezy finish with accents of mineral water, radish sprout, and pear skin. A sassy, stylish shochu.
86 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208242
Gekkeikan Bizan
Sweet Potato Shochu
Clear color. Bright aromas and flavors of marinated mushrooms and spiced nuts with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, captivating, crisp finish with touches of starfruit, pepper, and soy milk. A delicious and vibrant shochu.
86 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208207
Ssodal
Soju
Clear color. Aromas of powdered milk, nutskin, and sweet potato with a flat, shy, fruity thin body and a seamless, short wax paper, rice candy, and powdered sugar finish. A rather wispy soju.
84 points $1.20
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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