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Kirishima Shuzo

Kirishima Shuzo
Akane Kirishima Shochu

Category: Shochu

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

Kirishima Shuzo
Akane Kirishima Shochu

Category: Shochu

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 25%
Clear color. Floral aromas and flavors of lilac, violet, dried apricot, candied citrus, and sweet ginger with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish manifesting suggestions of rice milk and spiced cherries. A pisco-like Shochu with extroverted perfumed floral character; a great choice for cocktails and pairing with spicy foods.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Candied & Spicy
Aroma Aroma: lilac, violet, dried apricot, candied citrus, and sweet ginger
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of rice milk and spiced cherries
Smoothness Smoothness: Smooth
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, neat and on the rocks
Cocktail Cocktails: Cosmopolitan, Sour Apple Martini, French Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A pisco-like shochu with extroverted perfumed floral character; a great choice for cocktails and paring with spicy foods.

The Producer

Kirishima Shuzo, Co., LTD

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

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.