Sunday, 23 February 2014

Shōchū (焼酎): Great Spirits from The Land of The Rising Sun

A great varieties of distilled spirits can be found around the globe nowadays as the interest in regional specialities (food, culture etc.) continues to grow, to name a few we have whisky, brandy, gin, vodka & of course our focus today --- the traditional spirits form Japan>> Shōchū (焼酎). 
The traditional distilled spirits made from different ingredients such as rice, barley, buckwheat & sweet potato has been produced for almost 500 years. With the utilization of koji mold (Aspergillus oryzae) and different ingredients which reflects greatly on the out coming flavours, these unique Shōchū (焼酎) made can be enjoy in many ways. Thanks to Japan Sake And Shochu Makers Association some of the media friends were invited to experience the proud profile of Shōchū at the ShoChu Seminar & Tasting event together with 11 Japanese Shōchū producers, a truly enjoyable night with wonderful spirits & food pairing. ^^    

ShoChu Seminar & Tasting @ Renaissance Hotel KL
Drenched into the world of Shōchū with speakers from Japan ^^

Great variety of Shōchū from Japan, & of course we wouldn't miss out the chance to have a sip of it :P

Himezumi & Co., Ltd. fine brewed.
Yamamoto Shuzo Co., Ltd. fine brewed. 
Komasa Jyozo Co., Ltd. fine brewed.
Yachiyoden Shuzou Co., Ltd. production.
Taru Sengetsu (rice Shōchū) from Sengetsu Shuzo Co., Ltd.
Ikinokura Distillery Co., Ltd. production.
Among all the unique characteristics of Shōchū, here’s one I love the most: Shōchū goes perfectly with not only Japanese but any other cuisine. Lets verify it shall we, itadakimasu ;)

Beef Fillet in Brioche with Cream Spinach
Goat cheese

Our blogger friend Lwin trying out the Barley distilled spirits :)

having a sip of Nadeshiko (barley Shōchū) ^^
unique Red Pepilla with a taste of love from Japanese red basil ;
my personal favourite: Shōchū with a blend of plum b^^d

So if you happen to be in Japan, don't miss out the chance to have a taste of this national alcoholic spirit from the land of the rising sun which is equally good to be take home as an omiyage ;)

Japan Sake And Shochu Makers Association
Address: 1-1-21 Nishishinbasi, Minatoku,
Tokyo 105-0003 Japan

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