Long Period Barrel-Aged Kojika
|Ingredients||Sweet potatoes, rice koji|
|Distillation||Normal pressed distillation/decompression distillation|
|Koji||Shiro koji (white koji)|
You can enjoy the harmonious flavor with a hint of vanilla and the tender sweetness of sweet potato shochu that comes from the barrel aging process. Sweet potato shochu also goes well with sweets such as chocolate and wagashi (traditional Japanese confections).
There is a a hint of tanginess within the sweet vanilla-like flavor that comes from the barrel, which has a crispier taste than whisky (also barrel-aged). Sweet potato shochu is satisfying precisely because of this complex elaboration of richness and mild sweetness.
Suggested Way to Drink
Serve on the Rocks
You can taste the sweet flavor unique to barrel aging and the round taste that comes from long period of aging.
Shochu and Club Soda
How about a shochu and club soda during meals? Brisk sweetness makes for a refreshing experience.
Shochu : Soda = 1 : 3 ratio would make a bold mix.
Snacks and Side Dishes
Deep fried fish or pork tempura would be the best match for shochu and soda. It would accompany barbecue nicely as well. When you want to relax or kick back, try shochu on the rocks with chocolates, dried fruits, or sweet potato yōkan*.
* Japanese jellied dessert made of sweet potato, sugar, and agar.