THE HACHI SHOCHU, Brown Sugar (Kokuto), Cask Matured is a collaboration with Yayoi Shochu Brewery LPC, a family owned craft distillery on Amami Oshima Islands of Kagoshima and Hacchan who, somewhere along the way was also exposed to Whisky and the benefits of Cask Maturation. Made from brown sugar sourced from various producers in Okinawa and Thai Mai (Thai Rice) White Koji and single distilled under normal atmospheric pressure (making it a Honkaku Shochu) to retain the flavors of the underlying ingredient, this Batch 1 is a blend of 3-5 years Kokuto Shocho aged in refill/recharred virgin American White Oak Casks to add layers of complexity and flavour to the original spirit. Color: Light Straw, White Wine Nose: Intricate nose of sugarcane like sweetness, fresh fruits like green apples, pear and mint balanced with subtle salted caramel and some oak spices. Palate: Initial sweetness gently gives way to some savoury, umami like notes with a finish of pepper, spices and a hint of dark chocolate.
Recommended way to Drink: Straight Up, On the Rocks or as a Highball (3 parts of sparkling water to 1 part The Hachi Shochu).