Ultra Premium Moriizou Shochu

$220

Ninety minutes from the city by ferry and a winding two-lane coastal road is Mori Izo, the source of one of the finest imo-jochus and the Château Pétrus of the 110 shochu makers spread across rural Kagoshima prefecture. Virtually all of the coveted 120,000 bottles Mori Izo produces each year are sold through a phone-in lottery. Fifth-generation owner and master distiller, makes imo-jochu by hand, as his ancestors did. The heavy smell of yeast hits you as you walk inside his brightly lighted distillery, lined with 50 handmade vats sunk two-thirds into the floor. Each is 120 years old and holds 190 gallons. Seed malt and sweet potatoes in various stages of fermentation gurgle inside like cooking oatmeal. Some vats give off a sharp tinge of alcohol, as well as heat. Only ten farmers grow kogane sengan sweet potatoes just for this shochu. The water is sourced from the distillery's 300-foot well that produces the area's prized Tarumizu spring water. And there's another key ingredient: "This building," or rather the microbes and spores that have been clinging to the ceilings, walls, and thick dark cedar beams since its original construction in 1885, giving his imo-jochu unique character. The box will accompany the bottle with this order. 

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Brewery

Mori Izo Shuzo

Sake Type

Shochu

Bottle Size

750ml

Founded

1885

Prefecture

Kagoshima (鹿児島県)

One Word to Describe This Sake Brew

Rich

Food Pairings

Apéritif

Taste Profile

N/A

Ingredients

RICE: N/A (No sulfites, no preservatives)

Seimaibuai

N/A

Alcohol Content

24%

Sake Meter Value

N/A

Sweet or Dry

Neutral

Body

Medium

Acidity

N/A

Serving Temp

Over Ice, Chilled, or Room Temperature

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