Distillery: Miyazaki Honten Co, Ltd.
Location: Miyazaki Prefecture, Kyushu Island, Japan
Grain: 100% Japonica rice (kome)
Alcohol: 23% (46 proof)
Toki No Kokuin is an award winning shochu, reciving a Gold Medal at the 2009 World Wine Championships. This reflects, no doubt, the extremely neutral and easy-drinking nature of the spirit. This pure rice shochu is very easy drinking despite aging for 3 years in oak barrels. While there is very little English language information avialable, my guess is that these are virgin oak barrels as there is no hint of any other oak-aged spirit in the flavor.
The neutral, slightly alcoholic nose leads to a smooth, sweetish flavor. Again, very neutral. The finish is slightly sweet with a hint of mint.
The Verdict: Worth Drinking
Toki No Kokuin lives up to the name of a kome shochu. These tend to be the smoothest, easiest drinking of all shochu varieties. This would make excellent cocktails, but you might hesitate to mix this lovely spirit only because it’s so pleasant to drink on its own.