The Mayan No Tsubuyaki Shochu from Unkai Shuzo is a soba shochu (buckwheat shochu) in a class of its own. It is stored for at least three years in oak barrels in a disused Kyushu Railways tunnel in the small town of Gokase. The temperature here in Miyazaki Prefecture is relatively constant all year round, the air is particularly clear and the taste of shochu is strongly influenced by nature. Refreshing, mineral and sweet notes of buckwheat and barrel are dominant.
Mayan No Tsubuyaki Shochu has a complex aroma, a deep texture and a pleasantly fruity fragrance. Carefully selected buckwheat is used, as is the particularly soft and clean water that surrounds the town of Gokase, which has a population of just under 4,000, through the river of the same name. This soba shochu is made with white koji and rice koji after the buckwheat is heated and ground to gently remove the husk. The storage in oak barrels in the old Japan Railways (JR) railroad tunnel, which acts as a natural warehouse, gives Mayan No Tsubuyaki its special aroma and golden color. Incidentally, Unkai Shuzo is the inventor of soba shochu, where buckwheat was processed for shochu production for the very first time in 1974. The Mayan No Tsubuyaki has already impressed in various competitions, including the Monde Selection and the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC), winning gold in each.
With 38% vol the Mayan Shochu is stronger than most shochus. Therefore it can be used very well straight and as digestif. It is also delicious with ice cubes or as highball with soda. In food pairing it goes especially well with cheese, pasta and tempura as well as with sweet desserts.
Net quantity: 700 ml
Alk.: 38% vol
Only available topersonsoffull age
Importer: Ginza Berlin GmbH, Adalbertstraße 37-38, 10179 Berlin
About Unkai Shuzo Co. Ltd
Unkai Shuzo Co. was founded in 1942 as Gokase Shuzo Ltd. and renamed Unkai Shuzo in 1975. Initially the company produced wine, but gradually Unkai expanded its range to include beer and shochu. The manufacturer is known for its environmentally friendly production processes. For example, recycling centers have been built at the Miyazaki and Gokase production sites and research has been conducted into the recycling of residual materials from shochu production. In 1999, the company succeeded for the first time with its patented technology in producing recycled animal feed. Today the company sells its feed to cattle farms throughout the country.
Unkai Shuzo is also known for its exquisite skills in the production of alcoholic beverages and its sense of trends. For it was here that the very first soba shochu in the country was produced. Interestingly, the company also produces "German Kölsch" and "German Alt" and successfully launched it on the Japanese market. The company has its headquarters in Miyazaki on Japan's third largest island Kyūshū, which is known as the birthplace and home of the shochu.