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Kirishima Shuzo

Kirishima Shuzo
Kuro Kirishima EX Shochu

Category: Shochu

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

Kirishima Shuzo
Kuro Kirishima EX Shochu

Category: Shochu

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 25%
Clear color. Savory, smoky aromas and flavors of baked sweet potato, preserved lime, black snake, alliums, and marinated mushrooms with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, complex, medium-length finish that exhibits overtones of roasted carrot, pickled ginger, and mint finish. A chewy, savory Shochu that will make a great dinner pairing; lots of nuance to explore.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Rich, Funky & Complex
Aroma Aroma: baked sweet potato, preserved lime, black snake, alliums, and marinated mushrooms
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with overtones of roasted carrot, pickled ginger, and mint
Smoothness Smoothness: Smooth
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, neat and on the rocks
Cocktail Cocktails: Irish Coffee, Sour Apple Martini, French Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A chewy, savory Shochu that will make a great dinner pairing; lots of nuance to explore.

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.