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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
Clear with a platinum blue color. 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 finish that presents notes of 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
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 finish with notes of 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
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
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 finish that shows impressions of melon in rice milk and rice candy wrapper finish. A flavorful well made shochu.
iichiko BLU
86 points
Opaque 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 finish with shades of sweet cream, candied yams, and coconut water finish. A round, creamy, impactful shochu.
Kweichow Moutai Baijiu
86 points
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 finish that shows notes of 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
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of porcelain and hint of dough with a silky, soft, dry light body and a seamless, brisk finish with overtones of 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
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, snappy finish that presents notes of hemp and rice milk and radish finish. A nice peppery snappy shochu with a creamy center.