Seikai Ishizuka
Just the title of this piece strikes me as odd. What is a shochu drinking champion? Fortunately for our livers, it's not the person who can drink the most shochu, but rather the person who can successfully match the most shochus from memory. And last week saw the crowning of the 1st ever New York Shochu Contest champion. Before we get to the winner, let's talk a little bit about the 1st Annual Shochu & Awamori Tasting Contest. In the interest of full disclosure, I am not an impartial observer. I was also a contestant. Read More...
uminoie
Uminoie (Umi No Ie - "um-ee-no-ee-ay") is one of my favorite izakayas in the city for the simple fact that it's hard to find, easy to miss, small, relaxed, and feels like home. Like most izakayas, it's situated on a street rather than an avenue. I'm guessing this is because it keeps the rents down since customers tend to linger for a long time. What makes Uminoie special is that there is almost no signage. I had to go here 4 or 5 times before I knew where on the block it was. I've walked past it more than once while looking for it. For the longest time I thought it was on 5th Street (it's on 3rd). Read More...
Satsuma Mura
Satsuma Mura, a traditionally distilled honkaku imojochu from Kagoshima (home of the most famous imo shochus), is a mouthful of contradictions and complications. A fragrant, earthy nose as if you'd just dug a sweet potato out of the dirt and sliced it open promises a rich flavor that this shochu delivers without reservation. Read More...
Experience Shochu
The Japanese External Trade Organization (JETRO) & the Japanese Sake & Shochu Makers Association (JSS) put on a pair of stellar events in New York City on February 12th & 13th. We've already raved about Shochu Night Out, but the next day (Monday, February 13th) was Experience Shochu at Astor Wines. Read More...
kinzangura
I really wish I had a better photo and more information about this delicious genshu imo shochu. The best we can come up with is that it is possibly called Kinzangura. It may be a special edition of their products since this particular JDM bottle does not appear anywhere on the distiller's website. Read More...
Yakitori Class
Learn to make yakitori from a master. Chef Atsushi Kono of Tori Shin will demonstrate the process of preparing and grilling yakitori (Japanese style grilled chicken skewers).  In 2011 Tori Shin became just the 2nd yakitori restaurant in North America to earn a coveted Michelin Star. You’ll also learn more about shochu than you ever thought you’d know from our editor and resident shochu expert, Stephen Lyman. In addition to several featured shochus, Japanese beer and sake will also be available to sample. Where: Tori Shin – 1193 1st Avenue (between 64th & 65th Streets) in NYC When: Saturday, March… Read More...

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