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美鶴乃舞 MIZU SHOCHU


TRADITIONAL JAPANESE SHOCHU, HANDCRAFTED

AND SINGLE DISTILLED IN ARITA, JAPAN

BY THE MUNEMASA SHUZO CO.

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美鶴乃舞 MIZU SHOCHU


TRADITIONAL JAPANESE SHOCHU, HANDCRAFTED

AND SINGLE DISTILLED IN ARITA, JAPAN

BY THE MUNEMASA SHUZO CO.

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SINGLE DISTILLED, CRAFT SHOCHU

Mizu Shochu 美鶴乃舞 is handcrafted and single distilled in the traditional Japanese way, and follows the honkaku 本格焼酎 style of production, meaning ‘genuine, authentic’ shochu. Limiting the distillation to a single pass preserves the naturally occurring flavors and aromas. With each additional pass – most common spirits are distilled at least two times – the more neutral and flavorless the spirit becomes. It is the time-honored Japanese practice to distill the moromi ‘mash’ only one time in order to capture and highlight the true essence of the raw ingredients. The result is a more natural taste that is complex, earthy and exquisite. It is a celebration, and a tribute to the purity of nature and flavors of the harvest.

These original, authentic methods of shochu production date back to the 16th century and took root in the mountain villages and lush valleys Kyushu in southwestern Japan. It is here in Kyushu, in the small town of Arita in Saga Prefecture, where the Mizu Shochu 美鶴乃舞 is produced.


Stainless steel pot still at Munemasa Shuzo Co., Arita, Japan.

Stainless steel pot still at Munemasa Shuzo Co., Arita, Japan.

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「美鶴乃舞(みずのまい)」は、高品質と定評のある佐賀県産の大麦と黒麹、新日本百名山および九州百名山の一つとして知られる黒髪山系の天然水を使用して作られた本格麦焼酎。昔ながらの製法でていねいに蒸留された一滴。35%という高アルコール度数であるにもかかわらず、軽快でクリアな味わいで、甘みもかすかにある。素材の持ち味を最大限に抽出した、清らかで品がありながらも生き生きしたテイストを、「美しい鶴の舞」にたとえ、「美鶴乃舞」と命名。2013年の発表早々、蒸留酒の最高峰を決めるニューヨーク国際ワイン&スピリッツ大会において、栄えある「ダブル・ゴールド・メダル」に輝く。

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A TRIBUTE TO SHOCHU OF OLD


A MORE CONCENTRATED SHOCHU FOR

GREATER COMPLEXITY AND BODY.

70 PROOF (35% ALC/VOL)

A TRIBUTE TO SHOCHU OF OLD


A MORE CONCENTRATED SHOCHU FOR

GREATER COMPLEXITY AND BODY.

70 PROOF (35% ALC/VOL)

HIGHER PROOF, GENSHU STYLE

At 70 proof (35% alc/vol) Mizu Shochu 美鶴乃舞 is more concentrated like shochus of old to enhance the subtle complexities, body and finish. While more mainstream shochus of today are diluted down to 50 proof, master distillers Hirofumi Okoba and  Shinji Wada maintain the tradition of a higher alcohol shochu in appreciation of the past, and the purity of our locally sourced ingredients. 

This style of shochu better expresses the quality and depth of the genshu, the heart of the spirit, and offers greater versatility for a variety of drinking methods and occasions. At 70 proof it is stronger, yet pure, remarkably smooth and tasty; a shochu for sipping that can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks (we recommend large ice), or with the addition of hot water (oyuwari) or cold water (mizuwari). With its higher proof, it is also a shochu well-suited for cocktails and is the ideal spirit to compliment exotic ingredients of the Far East, or put an unexpected twist on the Western classics.


Toji (Master Distiller) Hirofumi Okoba samples fresh genshu.

Toji (Master Distiller) Hirofumi Okoba samples fresh genshu.

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CREATIVITY & KODAWARI


FROM THE BIRTHPLACE OF JAPANESE PORCELAIN

COMES A NEW TRADITION OF ARTISTRY,

INNOVATION AND CRAFTSMANSHIP.

CREATIVITY & KODAWARI


FROM THE BIRTHPLACE OF JAPANESE PORCELAIN

COMES A NEW TRADITION OF ARTISTRY,

INNOVATION AND CRAFTSMANSHIP.

THE MUNEMASA SHUZO CO.

Mizu (the moniker for 美鶴乃舞, Mizu-no-mai) is proudly produced by the Munemasa Shuzo Co. of Arita, Japan. As a young distillery, established in 1985, we find inspiration in a 400-year legacy of artisanship that defines the character of our small town known best as the birthplace of Japanese porcelain crafts. The skilled artisans of Arita are a source of great pride, and are devoted to the principle of ‘kodawari’, the notion of continuous improvement towards perfection. While paying tribute to the traditional methods of shochu production, we aim to deliver ‘unprecedented creativity and innovation’, artistry, and strive to constantly offer finer and unexpected shochu experiences that delight our customers.

Over 120 years ago, the Munemasa family opened a small sake brewery and shop in Hiroshima, which was their passion and livelihood for generations. The devastation of WWII forced the brewery to close, but an unrelenting yearning to return to the family's roots inspired the move to Arita, an ideal locale for shochu production given the pristine waters and rich farmland.


The Munemasa distillery in Arita, Japan. Est. 1985.

The Munemasa distillery in Arita, Japan. Est. 1985.

Stirring the first moromi (mash) of koji rice, water and yeast. This is the start of the fermentation.

Stirring the first moromi (mash) of koji rice, water and yeast. This is the start of the fermentation.


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HARMONY: LAND, FARMER, DISTILLERY


CRAFTED ENTIRELY FROM OUR LOCAL HARVESTS

AND WATERS. 100% SOURCED FROM WITHIN

SAGA PREFECTURE.

HARMONY: LAND, FARMER, DISTILLERY


CRAFTED ENTIRELY FROM OUR LOCAL HARVESTS

AND WATERS. 100% SOURCED FROM WITHIN

SAGA PREFECTURE.

THE HARVEST & SOFT WATERS OF SAGA

We take great pride in celebrating local flavors, the harvests, and the bounty of nature. In doing so, we maintain a centuries-old tradition in that all of our ingredients are sourced from nearby farms. This is attributed to our unique bond with the growers of Saga prefecture, and our motto of “creating harmony between the land, farmer and distillery”.

Munemasa’s ‘toji’ (master distiller) Hirofumi Okoba’s relationships with the local farmers runs deep as his own roots can be traced to a small family farm just outside of Arita. Okoba maintains close friendships with many of the growers and believes that “shochu is something they make together” from the farm to the finished bottle. 

Many believe that water is the essence of shochu. We use only the pure waters of Kurokami-yama (Black Hair Mountain), which are exceptionally soft and add texture and a delightful mouthfeel to our shochu. Just to the east of Arita, the mountain is a place of pristine natural beauty.


The waters of Black Hair Mountain.

The waters of Black Hair Mountain.


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