This is a Shochu Gumi selection! It was featured in September 2021.
Kitaya Shuzo bottles an array of shochu made of rice, barley, sweet potato, or
local green tea. You can usually find their excellent sake and shochus on our
shelves, even their whisky! Nihon no Kokoro (The Heart of Japan) is a blend of
two shochus: rice (made of Yamadanishiki sake rice milled down to 60%) and
kasutori (made of kasu from a junmai daiginjo with a polishing rate of at least 45%). What’s more, this goes through an extra step in the kasutori shochu production process, where water and ginjo yeast is added to the kasu, then distilled together, which creates complexity and aroma to the final drink. Aged in enamel tanks, this shochu is cold filtered to get rid of unwanted oils while retaining the rich fragrance of banana and jackfruit. Any sake enthusiast will dig this shochu. Enjoy cold or room temperature with smoked chicken tacos or a slice of Basuku cheesecake. Read more about our trip to Kitaya brewery!
- Distilled in Fukuoka, Japan by Kitaya Shuzo
- Distilled from sake kasu (lees) and Yamada Nishiki rice
- ABV 25% / Koji: Yellow (rice) / Distillation: Atmospheric
- Aged: 5 years
- Vessels: Enamel Tanks
- 25.4 fl oz (750ml)