iichiko Person has an excellent, fruity flavour coming from the white Koji. The finish is characterized by slightly sweetish vanilla notes. iichiko Frasco is made of 50% polished barley corns (mugi Shochu), and barley is also used for fermentation. The Person is “Honkaku”, which means a “genuine” shochu which is distilled only once to keep its full flavour. But not only its taste is marvellous, also the bottle is an absolute must-have and makes a great present for all occasions. Enjoy iichiko Person straight or on the rocks, or try it mixed with soda.
Quantity: 200 ml
Alk.: 25% vol
Importer: Kai Fryder Beverages, Melchiorstr. 26, 10179 Berlin
How to drink shochu?
There is not really the one and only way to enjoy shochu. It is all down to one´s own personal taste. The Japanes drink shochu in several different ways:
- Straight, without anything else. For hot days (or nights) have your shochu slightly chilled.
- On the rocks: Add ice cubes or crushed ice, and you have the most classical way to enjoy shochu.
- Add hot (Oyuwari) or cold (Mizuwari) water.
- In the mix, with juices, green tea or soda (Highball), or as basis for cocktails.
Less Hangover with Shochu
Shochu doesn´t contain artficial additives, nor any sugar remainders. Thus it has very little calories (6 cl = 35 kcal). Shochu is made completely from natural ingredients. The risk of hangover next morning, after moderate consumption, is lower than with other alcoholic beverages.
The Secret of iichiko
iichiko´s shochus are the most wellknown and most enjoyed shochus in Japan. “Quality comes first” has always been the major tenet for the popular spirits maker, and everybody who tried their products will agree this pays off. iichiko for many decades now produces Shochu of the highest quality grade (Honkaku Shochu), which may only be destilled once to keep its full flavour.
The characteristics of a Shochu are based on the grain used, the water and the air. iichiko mostly works with selected barley, off which 60 percent of the hard husks of the grains, the bran, has been removed. The company´s distillery is based on Kyūshū, Japan´s third largest island in Ōita prefecture and home to the best shochus. Water there comes from 300 metres deep groundwater and is of extraordinary pureness. Kyūshū has a mountainous landscape with clean fresh air, another essential ingredient for the iichiko shochu.
Find out more: What ist Shochu?