Lemongrass Shochu, 'Mizu - Lemongrass', Munemasa Distillery

Lemongrass Shochu, 'Mizu - Lemongrass', Munemasa Distillery

Munemasa is one of Japan’s youngest distilleries with deep roots in the past. The current company was founded in 1985 in the town of Arita in southern Japan, but the Munemasa family has over 120 years of experience making sake and shochu. Originally based in Hiroshima, they left the area following the destruction of the Second World War and resettled in the Arita, famous throughout the country as the birthplace of Japanese porcelain and its traditions of craftsmanship. They make shochu that looks past current fads to older recipes and methods, as well as new ingredients and techniques that have not been tried before. The resulting Mizu shochu brand can be appreciated by purists and people new to the category looking for something unique.

Saga Prefecture

Tasting Notes

Innovative shochu style made from 95% rice and 5% organic lemongrass. Freshly cut lemongrass is added to a rice-based mash just three days before distillation. Oils from the leaves commingle with local rice and white koji to create a distinctively refreshing shochu. At 35% ABV makes a great alternative to gin in cocktails, brightness of lemongrass shines through in aromas. Bright, citrusy, delicate, delicious. Silky mouthfeel. Hints of meyer lemon and a light sweetness.


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