Kuro Isanishiki


Brand: Kuro Isanishiki

Distillery: Okuchi Shuzo Co, Ltd.

Location: Isa, Kagoshima, Kyushu Island, Japan

Grain: 83% sweet potato (imo) & 17% rice (kome)

Koji: black (kuro)

Distillation: unknown

Alcohol: 24% (48 proof)

Price: $$


Tasting Notes

Kuro Isanishki has the unmistakable earthy nose of an imo shochu. This yields to a buttery soft mouthfeel. Surprisingly supple given what’s in store otherwise. An extremely light sweetness yields to a very dry, tight finish. The dryness would overwhelm except the soft mouth provides enough mellowness to create an interesting contrast.


The Verdict: Recommended

Kuro Isanishiki is one of the driest imos around, yet provides such a nice drinking experience it’s tough to do anything other than order it again and again. Perhaps not as meat friendly as some other imos, it still goes very well with oshinko (Japanese pickles) and other tart or salty tsumami (drinking snacks). This probably explains why it’s a favorite among seasoned imo drinkers in New York City. This is one imo shochu I definitely prefer on the rocks to mellow out the dryness.


3 Responses to “Kuro Isanishiki”
  1. Hiraizumi says:

    I much prefer:

    Kuro Yokaichi Imo…

  2. Stephen says:

    That’s one of the great things about shochu – everyone can find their own favorite.

    Kuro Yokaichi is a more balanced option from one of the largest shochu companies while Kuro Isanishiki is a no compromises, very dry imo shochu from Kagoshima.

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