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Kirishima Shuzo

Kirishima Shuzo
Kuro Kirishima Melt Shochu

Category: Shochu

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 30%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended

Kirishima Shuzo
Kuro Kirishima Melt Shochu

Category: Shochu

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 30%
Slivery straw color. Toasty aromas of cinnamon-raisin bread, lime leaf, milk toast, toasted coconut, maple creme with walnuts, and black tea with cream with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a sleek, charming, medium-length peach pie, rocky road ice cream, and rice pudding finish. A creamy oaked Shochu that could be a very appealing after-dinner pour; try in stirred cocktails too.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Rich & Mild
Aroma Aroma: cinnamon-raisin bread, lime leaf, milk toast, toasted coconut, maple creme with walnuts, and black tea with cream
Taste Flavor: peach pie, rocky road ice cream, and rice pudding
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 creamy oaked shochu that could be a very appealing after-dinner pour; try in stirred cocktails too.

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.