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Kirishima Shuzo

Kirishima Shuzo
Akane Kirishima

Category: Shochu

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 25%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$11.00
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Kirishima Shuzo
Akane Kirishima

Category: Shochu

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 25%
Brilliant clear color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of kirschwasser, dried apricot, and spiced honeydew with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, layered, long powdered sugar, pistachio oil, lilac and orange blossom water, and pink pepper and radish finish. A delicious and remarkably fruity shochu that drinks a bit like a fine eau-de-vie.
Tasting Info
Spirits Glass Style: Complex, Fruity & Mild
Aroma Aroma: kirschwasser, dried apricot, and spiced honeydew
Taste Flavor: powdered sugar, pistachio oil, lilac and orange blossom water, and pink pepper and radish
Smoothness Smoothness: Smooth
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, neat and on the rocks
Cocktail Cocktails: Jack Rose, Bramble, French Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A delicious and remarkably fruity shochu that drinks a bit like a fine eau-de-vie.
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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.