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Japan Eats Podcast, Episode 21: “Curious About Shochu”

On this week’s episode, we talk with Chris about creating the group Curious About Shochu.

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2 Responses to “Japan Eats Podcast, Episode 21: “Curious About Shochu””
  1. Stephen Lyman says:

    Great episode, gents.

    Just a niggling detail – Awamori is actually made through a distinct process beyond ingredients. There is only a single fermentation prior to distillation while honkaku shochu goes through two fermentations prior to distillation. Going deeper (as Christopher knew I would), there is no such thing as a genatsu (low pressure distilled) Awamori, which is pretty common in the shochu world. So, long grain Thai rice, kuro koji, single fermentation, and joatsu (atmospheric) distillation = Awamori.

    Best selection of shochu at a retail liquor store in NYC is Landmark Wines on 23rd Street with more than 100 labels available currently. No other shop carries more than about 30 or so.

    Let’s have a CAST meetup next time I’m in town.


  2. Thanks for your comments and the information about Landmark Wines in NYC! For anyone that is thinking of visiting, Landmark Wines is at 167 W 23rd Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues).

    We’re glad that you enjoyed the podcast, and I will definitely be more careful with my summaries in the future. You are absolutely correct that there is a difference in the number of fermentation stages.

    However, there are actually several awamori distilleries that are bottling genatsu product these days. As you mentioned, it’s far more common in the shochu industry, but some companies are now blending genatsu and joatsu distillates. One pretty famous example is “Zanpa White” which is 100% genatsu distilled according to the label.

    It should be interesting to see what happens in the future. I suspect that more distilleries will experiment with joatsu/genatsu blends as they court new markets overseas.

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