Shizuoka Shochu Tasting: Takashima Brewery: “En” Sherry Barrel Matured Rice Shochu

Takashima Brewery in Numazu City has been justifiably considered for the past few years as one of the most daring Sake Breweries in Japan.
Not only content with producing nationally recognized sakes, they also make use of the sakekasu/white lees of their premium sakes into some extraordinary rice shochu!

Having distilled the sakekasu into shochu spirits they store the latter in sherry barrels inported from Spain to mature for at least two years.
The result is a unique nectar the color of wood.
Actually, the first time they submitted it for registration with the Japan Bureau of Taxes and Excise, it was refused for the somewhat pernicious reason it was too dark and resembled too much to whisky!

Takashima Brewery: “En” Sherry Barrel Matured Rice Shochu

Alcohol: 25~26%

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Wooden, light brown orange
Aroma: Strong. Alcohol. Plums, oranges.
Body: Fluid
Taste: Fruity and complex.
Plums, nuts.
Disappears quickly warming up the back of the palate for a long time.
Both elegant and puissant.
Fruits keep reappearing with every sip.
Very reminiscent of whisky and anturally dry sherry.

Overall: Extremely elegant and rare shochu!
Probably a unique taste in the whole of Japan.
Drinks easily.
So complex that it requests many a sip to properly discern it.
Should be drunk poured over a lot of ice.
Mixing it with water, or anything else for that matter, would be tantamount to infanticide!

Takashima Brewery
410-0312 Shizuoka prefecture, Numazu Shi, Hara, 354-1 ( a few minutes walk from Hara JR Station)
Tel: 055-966-0018
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4 thoughts on “Shizuoka Shochu Tasting: Takashima Brewery: “En” Sherry Barrel Matured Rice Shochu”

  1. Until now I have managed to find here only one kind of matured shochu: it’s called Kannoko and is made of barley (so probably much less sophisticated than your rice shochu). It is also reminiscent of whisky (also in colour, it has a non-coloured, single malt, pale colour). Since I still have half of the bottle, I am just having a glass of it while I write it (don’t worry, I don’t commit an infanticide and have it just with ice!).
    I will probably post about it one day, but I am really ashamed of what I can write about shochu when I see your beautiful and professional shochu or sake reviews…
    (By the way, I must boast I started Japanese lessons on Sunday! I hope it will be useful one day during my planned trip! Although I might spend long years before I am able to decipher the shochu labels 😉 Hiragana and Katakana alone will take me ages, not to mention kanji…)


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