In honor of Chinese New Year we present you with a Taiwan Import Market Awamori not available in the U.S. Don’t let the campy bottle art fool you. This is a very nice, easy to drink, and richly flavorful Awamori.
Brand: Yokaichi Mugi
Distillery: Takara Shuzo Co., Ltd.
Location: Takanabe, Miyazaki prefecture, Kyushu Island, Japan
Grain: 100% barley (mugi)
Alcohol: 25% (50 proof)
The Verdict: Worth Drinking
Yokaichi Mugi is a fair amount sweeter than other mugis, it’s a popular choice for mixing or on the rocks. Or with water. Or neat. It’s a pretty flexible pour. Most of our drinking companions, when out at an izakaya, will trend toward iichiko or Yokaichi. Both provide a nice, easy night of drinking for a reasonable price. It’s a nice shochu to use to introduce the spirit to newcomers, though this might give them the wrong idea that shochu is a “sweet” alcohol. It can be, but not always.