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...
Miniichiko!
 I had no idea such small bottles of iichiko silhouette were available. Well done, iichiko and Village Yokocho in NYC.… Read More...
I’m sure many of you are familiar with the iconic line from Bill Murray in Lost in Translation, “It’s Suntory Time” as the disenchanted movie star tries to sell Japanese whisky. For many Westerners this was our first exposure to Suntory as a brand. They sell everything from bottled water to iced tea to whiskey to vitamins to shochu. I’ve tried several of their whiskys and enjoyed all of them so I was excited when I saw their shochu available in the U.S. Read More...

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