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I’m sure you’re all wondering just how this shochu diet is going.     6 weeks and I’ve lost 9.4 lbs. My Wii Fit, for the first time since I bought it nearly 2 years ago, is finally saying “That’s Normal” when I do a body test. I can’t tell you how annoying it was for someone who considers themselves active and fit to hear “That’s Overweight!” every time I’d take a test. Admittedly, this diet is as much about drinking less beer and eating more Japanese food in substitution for western meals, but it’s more fun to think about… Read More...

Jougo Kokuto Shochu
Jougo was my first introduction to “black sugar” shochu. Black sugar is a richer, darker Asian version of western brown sugar. It contains molasses and sugar cane. And it’s delicious. If you can find black sugar in your local Asian market, pick some up and experiment with it as a replacement for other sweeteners. Jougo is smooth, sweet, and rounded. It lacks the complexity of many other shochus, but it’s easy drinking. It’s not as sweet as you’d expect from something distilled from a sugar, which is probably due to the spring water added at the end of the distillation process. Read More...

I’m the last guy you’ll ever see falling for fad diets. I even get annoyed when my friends say, “I’m on a diet.” My attitude has long been that portion control and good eating habits are all it takes to keep the weight off. Obviously this isn’t the case for everyone, but it should work for a majority of us. I’ve never thought of myself as having a weight problem (and I still don’t), but a couple years ago I got Wii Fit. And the very first time I did a “body test” it said, “That’s overweight” when reporting my… Read More...

Aisome imo shochu
Aisome, which I discovered by chance at 1 or 8 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, over the weekend, was a pleasant surprise. This is an imo shochu, but unlike other imo I've had. The nose is typical - the faintest hint of earth along with sweet potato - with a promise of sweetness. The initial taste doesn't disappoint in that regard. It's a slightly sweet start, but that disipates quickly. Read More...

Kaikouzu Imo Shochu
We started the imo tastings with the easily drinkable, unassuming Kuro Kirishima. Neither of those words would be used to describe Kaikouzu. This is a single distilled imo using the golden chestnut sweet potato local to this region of Japan. This shochu smells like sweet potato in an oddly earthy way - almost unwashed. Read More...

Kuro Kirishima imo shochu
Sweet Potato, or imo, shochus are perhaps the most common in Japan, though they don’t receive quite as much love in the United States. Rice & barley shochus tend to be smoother and easier to drink and since there is no equivalent Americn spirit distilled with sweet potato, imo shochus tend to have stronger flavors than we’re accustomed to from a clear spirit. Read More...

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