The flavour of iichiko Special, matured in wooden casks, remains in your mouth for a long time. Slightly earthy and spicy notes in the finish. This shochu is distilled once (Honkaku Shochu, the “real” shochu), to fully keep the aroma of its ingedients. In 2016 the jury of the well-known “International Wine & Spirit Competition” was also convinced by its flavour and awarded “Trophy” and “Gold Outstanding” in the shochu category. iichiko Special is made of barley (Mugi Shochu) and has 30% alcohol. In addition to its distinct flavour there is this extraordinary, filigree bottle that is the star of every home bar.
iichiko´s shochus are the best selling barley shochus in Japan for 30 years now.
Quantity: 700 ml
Alc.: 30% vol
Importer: Ginza Berlin GmbH, Melchiorstr. 26, 10179 Berlin
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.
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.
Find out more: What is Shochu?