Sweet Potato Shochu, ‘Asahi Mannen – 10,000 Years’, Watanabe Distillery
A testament to the possibilities of craftsmanship and personality in shochu production. Influenced both by their grandfather’s example and the winemakers of Burgundy the Watanabe brothers seek to create a true terroir-driven spirit, with enough richness and complexity to appeal to the aficionado of fine mezcal, scotch or bourbon. Deep flavors of roasted sweet potato and walnuts with an appealing finish of nutmeg.
- All sweet potatoes are carefully cultivated by the Watanabe brothers on their family farm and see only a quick cleaning after harvest to leave as much flavor of the soil on them as possible.
- 83% estate grown Kogane Sengan sweet potato, 17% black koji rice gives the spirit deep, layered flavor and pungent aromas.
- Fermentation is conducted in open air tanks left exposed to outside air.
- Fermented and distilled by hand using traditional equipment.
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