Asakura Barrel Aged Shochu Liqueur – Brandy (Cognac) Cask
Barley shochu is aged in shochu seasoned oak for 6 years. The contents of a seasoned shochu barrel are transferred to an ex Brandy (Cognac) cask and aged for a further one year.
Koji fermentation imparts a distinctively smooth taste and texture unique to Asakura liqueurs. The Cognac cask imparts a complex and mellow flavour which lingers on the palate. A beautiful union of French Oak and Japanese Shochu.
Tasting notes: dried raisins, pear, hazelnut, caramel
Asakura Barrel Aged Shochu Liqueur – Sherry Cask
Barley shochu is aged in shochu seasoned oak for 6 years. The contents of a seasoned shochu barrel are transferred to an ex Manzanilla and ex Oloroso casks and aged for a further one year. After one year has passed, the contents from the ex Manzanilla and ex Oloroso casks are blended and bottled.
Koji fermentation imparts a distinctively smooth taste and texture unique to Asakura liqueurs. Oloroso and Manzanilla barrels impart an intriguing aroma with a light, delicate finish. A rare concoction of casks and complexity, Asakura ex Sherry will satiate your curiosity
Asakura Barrel Aged Shochu Liqueur Collection
Asakura Premium Barrel Aged Shochu Liqueur
Tasting notes: vanillins, honey, citrus zest, cinnamon.
How to enjoy: neat, over ice, Old Fashioned
500ml ABV 40%
Asakura’s taste is a hybrid of Shochu x Speyside – the epitome of East meets West.
Unprocessed barley shochu is aged in a virgin oak barrel for 2 years. The contents of the barrel are then removed. The shochu seasoned casks are then filled with new barley shochu which will rest in their wooden homes for 8 years.
Koji fermentation imparts a distinctively smooth taste and texture unique to Asakura Premium.
Kumano Whisky Mizunara
Kumano Whisky Mizunara is a pure malt whisky blend of specially selected Japanese and Scottish whiskies which is then finished in Mizunara (Japanese Oak) casks.
Nose: Fragrant citrus blossom and baked apple, with a hint of balsa wood.
Palate: Floral notes, forest floor, apricot and kumquat developing in the background.
Finish: Slightly peppery, earthy vanilla pod and a whiff of pine.
Sakaki XIX Japanese Gin
Taste Juniper forward and fruitier than Sakaki XV, anise elements are complemented addition of ume and citrus botanicals results in a smooth, soft finish. The piquancy of the sansho, ginger and wasabi “tighten” the aftertaste
Recommended cocktails Corpse Reviver No. 2, Dirty Martini, Gimlet
500ml ABV 45%
Sakaki has been labelled a “unifying botanical” – its presence in the gins not only adds an herbaceous component to the gin but also acts to enhance the gin’s citrus and spice notes. Wasabi, ginger, bay leaf and ume seed have a marked effect on the flavour and mouthfeel of this gin!
Sakaki XIX is the second premium product in the Sakaki Craft Gin Range. The Sakaki Craft Gin Range is the first to use sakaki as a botanical. Sakaki imparts a forest like aroma to the gin, which is a perfect representation of the distillery’s home in the mountains of Wakayama, Japan.
As per the Roman numerals in its name it contains 19 botanicals: All Spice, Bay Leaf, Caraway, Cinnamon, Clove, Coriander Seed, Ginger, Juniper, Lavender, Mikan, Sakaki, Sansho, Star Anise, Sudachi, Ume, Ume Seed, Wasabi, Yoshino Cedar, Yuzu
Mikan Japanese mandarin
Sakaki Japanese evergreen tree. Imparts a light, grassy note to gin
Sansho Japanese Pepper
Sudachi Japanese citrus which tastes similar to combination of sour orange and grapefruit
Ume Japanese Plum
Wasabi Japanese Horseradish
Yoshino Japanese cedar
Yuzu Tart citrus reminiscent of lemon and bergamot
Sakaki XV Gin
Taste: Base, spicy notes like allspice, cinnamon and caraway are pronounced. Juniper forward, the addition of Japanese plum and citrus botanicals results in a smooth, fruity finish.
Recommended cocktails: Southside, Negroni, Tom Collins
The Sakaki Gin range is the the first gin to use sakaki as a botanical. Sakaki is an evergreen tree that plays an important role in Japanese mythology, and it imparts a “foresty” flavour to the gin.
As Sakaki XV’s name suggests, it contains 15 botanicals including unique Japanese fruits, spices and herbs:
All Spice, Caraway, Cinnamon, Clove, Coriander Seed, Juniper, Lavender, Mikan, Sakaki, Sansho, Star Anise, Sudachi, Ume, Yoshino Cedar, Yuzu
Mikan- Japanese mandarin
Sakaki – Japanese evergreen tree. Imparts a light, grassy note to gin
Sansho– Japanese Pepper
Sudachi – Japanese citrus which tastes similar to combination of sour orange and grapefruit
Ume– Japanese Plum
Yoshino – Japanese cedar
Yuzu – Tart citrus reminiscent of grapefruit and bergamot
Sakaki XXV Gin
Taste: Ume and citrus forward and fruitiest of the Sakaki range, the addition of floral elements accentuates the subtlety of persimmon leaf and honey bush. Along with strong base spice notes, the resultant finish lingers in a cohesive and complex blend of authentic Japanese flavours.
Recommended cocktails: On the rocks, Neat, Martini, Gin and Soda, Aviation
500ml ABV 53%
Sakaki XXV is the premier product Sakaki Gin range. Resting in a lined wooden case, this complex, well-rounded gin is a true delight. As per the Roman numerals in its name it holds 25 botanicals:
All Spice, Bay Leaf, Caraway, Cinnamon, Clove, Coriander Seed, Fig, Ginger, Honey Bush, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Persimmon leaf, Mikan, Sakaki, Sanpokan, Sansho, Star Anise, Sudachi, Tanaka, Ume, Ume Liqueur, Wasabi, Yoshino Cedar, Yuzu