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Kirishima Shuzo

Kirishima Shuzo
Akane Kirishima Shochu

Category: Shochu

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 25%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
2018 Best Shochu

Kirishima Shuzo
Akane Kirishima Shochu

Category: Shochu

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 25%
Clear color. Floral aromas of violet, tea rose, pear blossom, mixed melon, and cherry with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, long floral waters, pink peppercorn, and fresh sweet potato noodles finish. Swap this Asian spirit for pisco or gin in craft cocktails or just sip the vividly floral tipple on its own to experience an avant garde approach to shochu.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Candied, Fruity, Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: violet, tea rose, pear blossom, mixed melon, and cherry
Taste Flavor: floral waters, pink peppercorn, and fresh sweet potato noodles
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, neat and on the rocks
Cocktail Cocktails: Pisco Sour, Gin Martini, French Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Swap this Asian spirit for pisco or gin in craft cocktails or just sip the vividly floral tipple on its own to experience an avant garde approach to shochu.

The Producer

Kirishima Shuzo, Co., LTD

The Producer
4-28-1 Shimokawahigashi
Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture, 885-8588
Japan
81 -986-22-2323

Shochu

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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.