We are thrilled to spotlight Saga prefecture with extra special bottles from this region in southern Japan. Located in Kyushu, Saga is well known for its porcelain ceramics, beef, and green tea. And of course, shochu and sake! Yoko and Kayoko visited the city of Karatsu in Saga in 2016, and between the seafood, pine trees, and seaside onsen, it was heavenly.
In partnership with Saga Sake Saga (an organization promoting sakes and shochus from Saga) and Sake Discoveries, we are delving into the world of aged mugi (barley) shochus – both bottles featured use mugi grown in Saga, and have been aged in wood casks. Saga is known as one of the largest producers of barley in Japan. Both bottles use locally grown barley, that are specifically cultivated for shochu production.
Shochu was first being made in Saga during the Edo period in 1800. The history of aging shochu in wood casks goes back 30+ years in Saga, and Mizu Sakura Cask is the first shochu to ever be aged in 100% sakura wood casks. The second bottle, Kase, has been aged in sherry barrels from French Oak for 15 years! Read more about these bottles here.
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Aged Saga Shochu Pack features:
- 1 - Kase Shochu (25oz, Saga, 25% ALC/VOL)
- 1 - Mizu Sakura Cask Shochu (25oz, Saga, 35% ALC/VOL)