Shochu Misc....

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Landmark carries perhaps the single most impressive volume of shochu I’ve discovered in New York City. If you’re in the NYC area, it’s worth a visit. Given time, we may be able to work our way through their collection. A long, long time. Read More...

enma set
We found a surprise in a Narita International Airport (NRT) Duty Free shop – an Enma gift pack from Oimatsu Shuzo Co Ltd. Three 300 ml bottles of mugi shochu in three different varieties. The 900 ml is almost ideal for maximizing your 1 litre limit for U.S. duty free, unlike the usual 720 ml bottles. It also gives you a chance to try three very special shochus (explained below). Enma (閻魔).  Enma is the Buddhist King of the Underworld, so naturally Enma comes in a red bottle with black characters. “The Devil” is made with mugi (barley) and white… Read More...

Maou
It is important to have singleness of purpose. One clear goal. An achievable, yet worthy objective.  But for our upcoming trip to Japan, I’ve felt more than a little overwhelmed with potential avenues to explore: neighborhoods, cuisines, izakayas, shochus, craft beers. Really, so much to explore in a relatively short visit that the prospect is almost overwhelming. Now, thanks to a tip from @AussieinJapan, we will have one primary aim. To find and drink Maou (魔王 焼酎), which he describes as “the King of Shochus.”   It’s not available in the U.S.  Maybe we can change that.  If it… Read More...

Private Shochu Tasting #1
Good friends of ours were kind enough to make Cioppino for us on our last night in LA. We repaid them with an impromptu shochu tasting from the bottles we had to leave behind.     Far left is Kagura Tensho, which we just reviewed. A nice, smooth soba, barley, and rice shochu. Far right is an Awamori we reviewed last week, Shimauta. Next to the Shimauta is my new favorie imo, Kurokame, our first 90+ point shochu. But what’s that 4th bottle? It’s a mystery. Anyone know? We’ll reveal it soon. What was the consensus? For… Read More...

I though the shochu selection at Mitsuwa in Edgewater, NJ was impressive until I visited the Marukai Pacific Market in the Gardena neighborhood of Los Angeles. Really outstanding selection, several high end bottles I’ve never even seen before. I was also pleased to see that I’d reviewed at least 11 of their selections and have several more sitting at home awaiting a taste test. So much work to do! (yet so much fun doing it)   Kampai!  … Read More...

hondaya friends
Good friends, good food, good shochu.   Kampai!  … Read More...

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