Mitsutake Shuzojo - Imo Shochu Waga Syougaini Ippennokionashi
Located in the small prefecture of Saga, on the island of Kyushu, Mitsutake Brewery was founded in 1688, and for generations it's been run by the Mitsutake family. They've been brewing sake forever, and potato, wheat and rice shochu for a couple of decades.
"I have no regrets in my lifetime" reads the front of this screen-printed shochu bottle, which was designed in collaboration with the Fist of the North Star (Hokuto No Ken) manga series. The character Raoh features on this edition, and the product description on the brewery's website reads "I imaged the strongest presence of Raoh, and prepared it with the strongest Beni Haruka called the sweet potato." Hmm, thanks Google Translate. It's a deliciously pure shochu crafted with carefully selected Beni haruka sweet potato, with black koji and water sourced directly from the Tara mountains. A natural sweetness from the sweet potato and soft palate overlaid with a beautiful sweet aroma. Serve it on ice and off you go. Sweet potatoes are superfoods, right?
Type Shochu || Region Saga, Japan || ABV 25% || Vol 900ml