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Kirishima Shuzo

Kirishima Shuzo
Kuro Kirishima Shochu

Category: Shochu

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 25%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$19.99
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Kirishima Shuzo
Kuro Kirishima Shochu

Category: Shochu

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 25%
Clear color. Savory aromas and flavors of marinated mushrooms, soy-glazed seaweed snack, salted pretzels, and bell pepper with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long finish that presents accents of fresh bread and caramelized shallots finish. A food-enhancing shochu with lots of umami notes to explore.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Fruity, Funky, Rich & Smoky
Aroma Aroma: marinated mushrooms, soy-glazed seaweed snack, salted pretzels, and bell pepper
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of fresh bread and caramelized shallots
Smoothness Smoothness: Tingling
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, neat and on the rocks
Cocktail Cocktails: Kyoto Sour, Sour Apple Martini, French Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A food-enhancing shochu with lots of umami notes 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.