Posts tagged with "sweet potato"

Jinkoo Imo
Jinkoo, which means “perfect sky”, is a rich, lush imo shochu that has long been available on Japan Airlines (JAL) flights, at least for business class travelers. Which came first? The name or the JAL contract? This imo is distilled from Satsuma sweet potatoes from the Kagoshima Prefecture at the south end of Kyushu Island (Fukuoka is in the north of the island). Read More...

Ikkomon Imo Shochu
Somehow Hide Chan Ramen on 52nd Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues in Manhattan only gets 3 Yelp stars. Yet this sister to Totto Ramen has the single best bowl of ramen I’ve ever had in my life … scallion ramen with buta kakuni (marinated pork belly). And even better, they have 4 different shochus available. I had the Ikkomon honkaku imo shochu. This Earthy imo went very well with scallion ramen. The oyuwari shochu in the stone glass (pictured) was a very relaxing finish to a very long work-day.… Read More...

Shiranami Kurokoji
Shiranami Korukoji, which is roughly translated black/white wave, is an affordable, flavorful, balanced sweet potato shochu. This shochu is made with kogane sengan sweet potatoes, always fresh, never frozen. They take pride in their product, yet manage to keep this honkaku (single distilled) shochu on the lower end of the price range. The black koji gives the drink a deeper flavor than expected. Read More...

Shochu Aisle at Mitsuwa
  Vast shochu selection at Mitsuwa Marketplace in Edgewater, NJ. Easily the largest shochu selection I’ve seen outside of Japan. Really impressive selection. What to choose?! I came home with: Gyokuro – a green tea shochu ($28.99) Jinkoo – a mugi (barley) shochu from the same distiller ($28.99) Kagemusha – an imo (sweet potato) shochu ($19.99) Akanone Ninjin – a carrot shochu ($34.99) Toki No Kokuin – a rice shochu ($24.99) Enma – a mugi shochu ($29.99) Akamaoh – an imo shochu ($24.99) This represents just a small portion of their selection. I see many, many trips back to Mitsuwa… Read More...

Kaido iwai no aka
I've been eyeing Kaido iwai no aka for well over a year. The stunning red bottle is undoubtably alluring and "iwai no aka" refers to the celebratory red color of the bottle. The shochu, however is clear. I remember sitting at an izakaya in midtown Manhattan and watching enviously as a Japanese customer poured from the gorgeous bottle. 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...

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