Sugii Brewery in Fujieda City are always ready to answer requests for new shochu, whatever the risks and work involved.
This new shochu was announced on the Shizuoka Shinbun and other newspapers such as the Chunichi Shinbun when an Association for the Promotion of Hamakomachi Yam and its derived products visited the office of the Shizuoka Prefecture Governor to have him taste their latest creations.
As you can see on the above picture, the local farmers in the west of the Prefecture are growing the Hamakomachi Yam not only for shochu, but also for cakes and ice creams! It is especially rich in beta carotin vitamins, another reason for indulging!
Sugii Brewery/Distillery: Hamakomachi Honkaku Imo Shochu
Hamakomachi Satsuma Imo
Alcohol: 25 degrees
Clarity: Very clear
Aroma: Strong, almost sweet, very distinct and pleasant.
Taste: Shortish tail. Great attack. Fruity. Distinctive taste..
Reminiscent of persimmons with a hint of sweet nuts.
Pleasant and easy to drink.
Overall: A surprisingly soft and fruity shochu.
Very easy to drink, even straight.
Could easily take the place of a whisky in spite of its lower alcohol contents!
Stays smooth all the way through.
Distilled with a sake concept, enticing you into the next sip.