Posts tagged with "Miyazaki"

Kampai.US is very proud to be hosting 7 shochu makers from Miyazaki, who have dubbed themselves the Seven Shochu Samurai, at OKA Restaurant in Murray Hill. This event is from 6-9pm on Saturday, March 3rd. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. These same 7 makers have visited NYC each year since 2016. Each year they bring slightly different portfolios. This year there will be 23 brands available to try, several of which have never been introduced in NYC before. Please come out to try these delicious shochu styles for one night only at Oka. Oka is… Read More...

Nakanaka is the main brand of barley shochu from the very well respected Kuroki Honten in Miyzaki, which makes a wide range of delicious shochu across two different distilleries, but under the same ownership. Their premium barley shochu, Hyakunen no Kodoku, a 40% ABV barrel aged barley shochu, is arguably the most famous barley shochu in Japan. Nakanaka takes a more straightforward approach with atmospheric distillation and 100% barley. Read More...

Kagura no Mai, with its plain black and white label with abstract drawings of village life, doesn't shout from you off the shelf. Nor does is grab you out of the glass. It's light and clean with the forward aromas of sake yeast. This leads me to believe it's a low pressure distillate and that the distillery has chosen to use a traditional sake yeast rather than one of the more neutral shochu yeasts. Read More...

On my wander I discovered a tiny chicken nanban restaurant, Ogura, that's apparently quite famous. There was a line around the block. Nothing to do, I joined the queue and an hour I later was eating the best chicken nanban I've ever had prepared and served by sweet old Japanese who don't speak a word of English. Read More...

The drive was stunning along a rocky coastline on the Pacific Ocean. The distillery itself is tucked into a little town – they bottle off-site in order not to disturb the neighbors. As we pulled into the parking lot we were greeted by old ladies peeling potatoes calling out a sing song "Ohayo gozaimas!" (good morning!). Read More...

Despite the late night out with friends in Fukuoka the night before, I was up and out of the hotel by 8am to catch an 8:30 train to Arita, traditional home of Japanese porcelain, was was actually the model for Chinese and European “china” as early as the 17th century. Arita is also the home of Munemasa Shuzo, which makes both Nonnoko Kuro and Mizunomai, two very nice barely shochus available in the US. Read More...

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