Smoky, aromatic Shochu – a Japanese liquor that’s typically stronger than sake – distilled from barley and aged in repurposed American white oak bourbon barrels. The gold tinted spirit offers hints of smoke on the nose, with oak, earth and sweet caramel to taste, finishing with faint mint notes. Enjoy on the rocks, perhaps paired with grilled red meat or smoked cheeses like Gouda. Yatsushika Brewery has been making sake and other Japanese spirits on Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s islands, since 1864. 25% ABV.