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Gekkeikan

Gekkeikan
Bizan Barley Shochu

Category: Shochu

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 20%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$24.99

Gekkeikan
Bizan Barley Shochu

Category: Shochu

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 20%
Brilliant clear color. Earthy aromas and flavors of wax and parchment paper, moss, plum water, and yeasty dough with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish revealing nuances of powdered sugar, rice licorice candy, and date finish. A clean, food-friendly and lengthy shochu that is a delight to sip; white wine drinkers will love this elegant shochu.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Mild
Aroma Aroma: wax and parchment paper, moss, plum water, and yeasty dough
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of powdered sugar, rice licorice candy, and date
Smoothness Smoothness: Tingling
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Lotus Flower, Lotus Flower, French Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A clean, food-friendly and lengthy shochu that is a delight to sip; white wine drinkers will love this elegant shochu.

The Producer or Importer

Shaw-Ross International Importers

The Producer or  Importer
2900 SW 149th Ave, Suite 200
Miramar, FL 33027
USA
1 954-430-5020

Their Portfolio

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92 Gekkeikan Bizan Barley Shochu 20% (Japan) $24.99.
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Shochu

Spirits Glass Copita Clear.jpg
Serve in a Copita
Shochu is a distilled beverage from Japan that is made from either barley, buckwheat, sweet potatoes or rice. The alcoholic content is generally 25%, although a shochu that is multi-distilled can be as high as 35%. It is normally consumed on its own or on the rocks or sometimes with fruit juice.

Shochu can be aged in various vessels, including steel tanks, wooden barrels or clay pots. The flavors will depend on which type of vessel was used; flavors and aroma vary from pastry dough to roasted chestnuts to fruit cake. Some have an earthy, grassy finish, while others are more like aged whisky.