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。