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Japan Class Series - Shochu January 21, 2018


What is Shochu?

Shochu is a Japanese traditional hard liquor, distilled spirits made from grains and vegetables. The most common base ingredients are sweet potato, barley, rice, buckwheat and sugar cane.

Manufacturing Process

Shochu is distilled liquor, similar to brandy and vodka.

Alcohol Content

As a distilled beverage, Shochu has an average alcohol content of 25% to 37%. Because of its higher alcohol content, Shochu can be enjoyed in variety of ways.

The Main Ingredients

Shochu can be made from a number of base ingredients, examples of which include Imo (Japanese sweet potato), barley, rice, buckwheat, and sugar cane. Because each of these base ingredients brings its own unique flavor to the final product, Honkaku Shochu comes in a wide variety of flavors and overtones. This variety in flavor is behind much of the popularity of Honkaku Shochu in Japan.

Serving Style

Because of Shochu's higher alcohol content, it can be served straight, on the rocks, mixed with soda or water of different temperatures and also used as a cocktail base.

Storage Requirements

As long as Shochu is kept in cool area, away from direct sunlight, the quality will not degrade over time.

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