Barley Shochu 'Aokage Forty-One Genshu'
Barley Shochu, 'Aokage Forty-One Genshu', Yanagita Distillery
Ingredients: 100% Two-Row Barley, White Koji
Distillation: Atmospheric Pot Still (Jo-atsu)
Water: Spring water from Kirishima mountains
・100% locally grown 2-row barley.
・Slow fermentation at low temperatures before distillation.
・Koji is grown directly on barley to release sugars and umami.
・Aromas of toasted sesame and cereal grains, distinctive rich flavors of bitter dark chocolate and red fruit.
When distilling Yanagita-san adjusts the direction of the heat entering the still to ‘toast’ the liquid inside as it moves, creating distinctive roasty notes.
After distillation spirit is aged in glass tanks and filtered by hand, straining the tops of tanks with custom made horsehair strainers to remove impurities but retain oils and flavor.
This is a dense, flavorful and aromatic spirit that drinks surprisingly light. Initial aromas of toasted sesame and cereal grains, distinctive rich flavors of bitter dark chocolate and red fruit.
Marries well with other spirits and can bring a distinct sesame or barley note to cocktails.