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February 2017 - Asian Spirits

February 2017 - Asian Spirits
This month's Spirits feature is Asian Spirits

Asian Spirits Reviews

Tori Kai Shochu
92 points
$39.99
Clear with a platinum blue cast. Exotic, tropical aromas and flavors of Asian pear, overripe pineapple, banana-papaya custard, and white chocolate mint with a satiny, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long starfruit and radish, rice pudding, and hint of fennel finish. An exotically flavorful shochu with lots of Daiginjo sake-like qualities.
92 points $39.99
Watanabe Sake Brewing Co. Kuramoto No Kakushishochu
91 points
$15
Best Buy
Clear color. Tropical, toasty aromas and flavors of Asian pear, roasted pineapple and rice, toasty nut brittle, and hint of beeswax and clay with a silky, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, amusing, medium-length anise seed, powdered milk, and limestone finish. An elegant, fruity, and toasty shochu that has a pleasing combination of sake and white whisky tones.
91 points $15 Best Buy
iichiko Frasco
90 points
$50
Bright clear color. Yeasty aromas of overripe tropical fruits, yeasty banana bread dough, roasted nuts, and strawberry milk with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long vanilla rice pudding and milk, honeyed cucumber and sweet potato, and hint of pepper finish. A powerful and layered shochu.
iichiko Silhouette
88 points
$24
Bright clear color. Aromas and flavors of fermenting Asian pear, ground nuts, and hint of fennel with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, appealing, medium-length melon in rice milk and rice candy wrapper finish. A flavorful well made shochu.
iichiko BLU
86 points
$28
BLU
Clear color. Creamy, spicy, complex aromas and flavors of tropical fruit custard, spiced pear, magic marker and acetone, and yeasty dough with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length sweet cream, candied yams, and coconut water finish. A round, creamy, impactful shochu.
Kweichow Moutai Baijiu
86 points
$139.99
Brilliant clear color. Fruity, vaporous, savory aromas and flavors of stewed cashew fruit, sauerkraut and borsht, tamari marinated meat, and twice baked potatoes with a tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a hot, refreshing, long braised beef, mealy Asian pear, pineapple husk and yogurt, and white chocolate finish. A complex interplay of savory, meaty, earthy, and fruity notes.
86 points $139.99
West 32 Soju
85 points
$11.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of porcelain and hint of dough with a silky, soft, dry light body and a seamless, brisk nut oil, rice paper, and hint of vanilla salt water taffy finish. A light neutral soju for mixing.
85 points $11.99
iichiko Kurobin
85 points
$35
Bright clear color. Earthy aromas and flavors of wet leaves and bamboo and fermenting apple and pear with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, buoyant hemp and rice milk and radish finish. A nice peppery snappy shochu with a creamy center.
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