Fujinishiki Brewery/Distillery has always been willing to explore all facets of Shochu Distilling.
It also has the merit to use entirely local ingredients whenever possible.
I have seen a lot of Shochu « made with Shizuoka Tea » all over Japan, and none is the true product.
Fujinishiki Distillery is the only one in Japan to use real Shizuoka Tea. Full stop.
This particular brand, Chakkiri Bushi commemrates history and Kunoyama Toshogun in Shizuoka City, formerly Sunpu City, the home f the Tokugawa Shogunate.
Raw tea leaves: more than 10%. Tokugawakei Ukari No Honyama Variety exclusively grown in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Rice (JA Shizuoka Kinuhikari) and fermented rice grown and treated in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Water: Source water from well dug at bottom of Mount Fuji.
Alcohol contents: 25 degrees
Clarity: Very clean and clear
Aroma: Sharp tgreen tea and green vegetables.
Body: extremely light.
Taste: Very strong green tea leaves taste.
Turns quickly lighter as it spreads around the palate. Tea leaves taste will come back again later.
Fluctuates to sweetness upon eating.
Overall: A discovery.
Shochu tends too often to look like another as ingredients are not revealed to their full extent.
Considering that people here usually drink « Shizuoka Wari », that is shochu mixed with cold or hot green tea, they won’t for once need any supplement. Moreover, they will find little reason to ignore it!
Bets drunk on its own or poured over ice. If one wants to dilute it, good pure water is best!