The Ookubo Shochu from the house of Ookubo Shuzo is a real rarity. Yellow koji is used in the production, which is complicated for sweet potato (Imo) shochus and therefore very rare. Baked sweet potato (yaki imo) is also used. The result is a particularly fruity shochu with a unique flavour of light sweetness and subtle umami notes. A shochu that goes with almost any occasion.
At 25% vol, the Ookubo Shochu is light and pleasant to drink, yet has a deep body and round complexity. The impressive taste spreads especially when the Shochu remains in the mouth for a while. The yellow koji creates a great fruitiness. The use of yellow koji in the production of sweet potato shochu is very rare because yellow koji does not produce acidity compared to black or white koji, allowing bacteria to penetrate the sweet potato more quickly, especially in warm environments. The acid also ensures that rotting is prevented. Because of this, Ookubo Shochu is only produced in cold winter months. At night, the producers check the constant cold temperature at regular intervals so that bacteria and germs have no chance to penetrate the imos. This shochu is made by atmospheric distillation. Baked sweet potatoes are processed (yaki imo), which results in a slight sweetness. This pleasant sweetness is paired with fine umami notes and a slight spiciness in the finish. The elegant green bottle with a banderole is beautiful and has a closure that is actually only used on sake bottles. The label is also made of high-quality washi paper.
This shochu can be enjoyed straight or on the rocks. Especially recommended is to drink Oyuwari, i.e. prolonged with hot water, because the taste of the Imo can unfold so very well. The Ookubo Shochu goes very well in foodpairing with light fish and meat, but also with sweet desserts.
Net quantity: 720 ml
Alk.: 25% vol
Dispensed only topersons of full age
Importer: Ginza Berlin GmbH, Pfalzburger Straße 20, 10719 Berlin
About Ookubo Shuzo
Ookubo Shuzo was founded in 1893 as Kubo Jozo, and has been operating under its present name since 1990. Since that time, the company has also had its own sweet potato production. Ookubo Shuzo is known throughout the country for the good quality of its Imos. The distillery also supplies this extremely popular shochu raw material to many other shochu producers in Japan. The company is located in the city of Shibushi, Kagoshima Prefecture, on the Osumi Peninsula at the southern tip of the island Kyūshū. Here, Mount Kirishima, a 1,700-metre-high volcano, with its ashes provides extremely good conditions for growing high-quality sweet potatoes. Almost all Imo Shochus are produced in Kagoshima Prefecture. Ookubo Shuzo is a small company, only 12 people take care of everything from growing, harvesting and processing the Imos to producing the Shochus. All steps are done by hand, more craft is not possible! A special feature is the revival of the cultivation of a traditional rice variety, which was only cultivated until the Meiji era (1868). For 160 years this rice variety was almost forgotten in Japan, until Ookubo Shuzo started to cultivate it again on their fields to use it for some of their shochus.