THE HACHI SHOCHU, Barley (Mugi), Cask Matured is a collaboration with Miroku Shuzo, a family owned craft distillery in Oita, Japan and Hacchan who, somewhere along the way was also exposed to Whisky and the benefits of Cask Maturation. Made from local barley grown in Kitsuki and Usa (both near the distillery in Oita) and single distilled under normal atmospheric pressure (making it a Honkaku Shochu) to retain the flavors of the underlying ingredient, this Batch 2 is matured for about 3 years in a Refill ex- Rum Casks to add layers of complexity and flavour to the original spirit. Color: Light Straw Gold Nose: A complex and balanced mix of sweet barley (mugi) with a hint of figs, raisins, plums and some coconut milk candy with oak spices. Palate: Sweet start which evolves very quickly into salted caramel with some salty undertones some dark chocolate oak spices and a dry but lingering finish.
Recommended way to Drink: Straight Up, On the Rocks or as a Highball (3 parts of sparkling water to 1 part The Hachi Shochu).