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I just spent 2 months in Amami-o-shima, an island off the coast of Kagoshima Prefecture in southern Japan. I went there to learn how to make kokuto, or black sugar, shochu. How did I get there? Well, that’s kind of a long story. Let me start at the beginning. In fact, before that. Read More...

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Shochu’sday renews in 2018 with a similar schedule to last year. One per month, always with a theme. Check this page for updated dates, times, and locations along with increased details. Tuesday, January 16: Food Pairing Shochu’sday @ Teisui (246 5th Avenue – entrance on 29th Street, west, of 5th Avenue, Flatiron) 5:30-7:30pm. We will pair some drinking snacks with shochu available on Teisui’s menu. Teisui is a beautiful space dominated by a counter. It started as a yakitori spot, but has now expanded to sushi service as well. Tuesday, February 6: Oyuwari Shochu’sday @ Uminoie (86 East 3rd Street, Read More...

NakaNaka
Nakanaka is the main brand of barley shochu from the very well respected Kuroki Honten in Miyzaki, which makes a wide range of delicious shochu across two different distilleries, but under the same ownership. Their premium barley shochu, Hyakunen no Kodoku, a 40% ABV barrel aged barley shochu, is arguably the most famous barley shochu in Japan. Nakanaka takes a more straightforward approach with atmospheric distillation and 100% barley. Read More...

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Shochu'sday Returns in 2017 with a monthly schedule. Each event will be at a different bar or izakaya and each month will be a different theme. January starts with oyuwari shochu at Uminoie. February is maewari at 1 or 8 in Brooklyn. More to come ... Read More...

ShimaSenryo
Unique to the US market, Shima Senryo is a blend of white koji and black koji sweet potato shochu. While this blending style can be found more commonly in Japan, this is the only brand currently in the US that uses this unique approach. Blending has an interesting, but incompletely understood history in shochu production, but more and more distilleries are blending intentionally rather than as a way to cover up some off batches. Read More...

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Naoki Sugimoto from Satsuma Shima Bijin, and Tekkan Wakamatsu from Yamatozakura will be visiting NYC and Hudson, NY to introduce their products to the US market. A weeklong series of tastings and pairing dinners will kick off on Monday, July 25th and run through Saturday, July 30th. Read More...

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