Shochu Reviews...

beniotome
Beniotome claims to be the only spirit in the world distilled from sesame seeds. This is probably true, because, of course, sesame seeds don't hold a lot of sugar. Fortunately for us, the seeds are not the primary distillate - barley and rice in the mash provide the sugars (and alcohol) while the roasted sesame seeds provide a completely unique drinking experience. Read More...

fishermans collection awamori
In honor of Chinese New Year we present you with a Taiwan Import Market Awamori not available in the U.S. Don't let the campy bottle art fool you. This is a very nice, easy to drink, and richly flavorful Awamori. Read More...

Senman
Yoroshiku Senman Arubeshi (aka, Hakkaisan Sannen Chozo) is a moromi shochu produced by Hakkaisan, one of the most popular sake brands in the U.S. This particular shochu is distilled from raw sake mash (moromi). The only difference between this shochu and one of Hakkaisan’s famous sakes is that it’s distilled instead of brewed. Read More...

Akanone
Distilled carrots? What will the Japanese think of next? Don't let the gimmicky notion get in the way here. This is a legit gem. Quickly becoming one of my favorite shochus. Read More...

The Red Devil
Akaoni with its striking red label on a clear frosted bottle with a silver foil topper certainly catches the eye. It is one of several mugi shochus from this distiller and from what I can gather is targeted toward a more mellow drinking experience. It doesn't disappoint. It was a hit at a recent tasting. Smooth, delicious. Read More...

kannoko
Kannoko is a single distilled normal pressure mugi shochu aged in oak barrels for 3 years before bottling. The oak gives the shochu its rich golden color and its faintly whiskey flavor. This is one of those aged mugis that whiskey drinkers will find familiar. Read More...

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