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Gekkeikan

Gekkeikan
Sweet Potato Shochu

Category: Shochu

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

Gekkeikan
Sweet Potato Shochu

Category: Shochu

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 20%
Brilliant clear color. Green, savory aromas and flavors of garlic and chive, roasted chestnut, and pickled cucumber with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and an even, captivating, medium-long finish revealing notes of rosehip, dried yellow plum, and gelatin candy finish. A great savory shochu with a delightful range of flavors that will be fun to experiment with in cocktails.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Complex & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: garlic and chive, roasted chestnut, and pickled cucumber
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of rosehip, dried yellow plum, and gelatin candy
Smoothness Smoothness: Smooth
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails and neat
Cocktail Cocktails: Vesper, Dirty Martini, French Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A great savory shochu with a delightful range of flavors that will be fun to experiment with in cocktails.

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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91 Gekkeikan Sweet Potato Shochu 20% (Japan) $24.99.

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.