Akamaoh – Red Satan
Distillery: Inoue Syuzo Co, Ltd.
Location: Miyazaki Prefecture
Grain: 83% sweet potato (imo) & 17% rice (kome)
Koji: white (shiro)
Distillation: low pressure (genatsu) suspected
Alcohol: 24% (48 proof)
The aroma is lightly honeyed from the white koji while the flavor yields much more than expected thanks to the clay pot aging, which rounds out the taste. A sweet sharp start pervades and as the sweetness fades, you’re left with hints of clay and mint. Adding a splash of cold water mellows the sharpness while opening up a buttered mouth, maple syrup, and plenty of umami.
Akamaoh is imminently drinkable and yet has plenty of flavor if you take your time to look for it. However, it’s so smooth it goes down without much thought. It’s easy drinking on the rocks, but smooth enough to enjoy neat or with a splash of water, which is where you’ll find the real flavors. With the buttered mouth and the hints of maple syrup, perhaps this should be the flapjacks shochu.