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”.
Master distiller (toji) 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 we make together” from the farm to the finished bottle.
Saga Prefecture is ideal for both barley and rice cultivation, with the barley growing through the spring, then replaced with rice, which is often grown on the same plots throughout the summer months into early fall.
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.