Nankai Shochu

• 24% ABV Vacuum-Distilled Shochu
• Ultra low calories and no carbs or sugar
• Perfect introduction to shochu

Nankai Gold

 43% ABV Premium Blended Shochu
• Finished in American and French oak
• Perfect for whiskey lovers

Nankai White Oak

24% ABV Cask-Finished Shochu
• Finished in American and French oak
Easy sipping and food pairing

What is Shochu?

Shochu (pronounced “sho-chew“) is an incredible Japanese distilled spirit that originated over 500 years ago. 

What makes shochu unique?

1. Shochu can be distilled from many different local ingredients, the most popular being sweet potato, barley, rice, and kokuto sugar.

2. Because it uses koji, shochu has umami.

3. Genuine shochu is single-distilled, preserving the flavors and aromas of the ingredients. Most spirits are distilled many times, losing flavor with each pass.

Finally, you should know that single-distilled shochu is sugar-free, carb-free, naturally gluten-free, and additive-free.

What is Shochu Definition

Why Nankai?

The simple and easy answer is that our award-winning products are phenomenally smooth and delicious.

Our craft spirits are single-distilled and vacuum-distilled from only 4 simple ingredients: rice, water, koji, and artisanal kokuto sugar. Nothing artificial is ever added. No, really, EVER.

No sugar, carbs or gluten. Our low-ABV Nankai Shochu and White Oak have less than 40 cal/oz (30% less than vodka or tequila). It’s great with food and in cocktails. We can go on if you want.

The Blog

New to the blog is our most unique cocktail recipe yet, the Shiitake Old Fashioned.

It’s funky and delicious and sure to be a conversation starter at your next dinner party.

From Amami, Japan

NANKAI, which translates to the”South Sea,” is an homage to Amami, an island paradise off the southwestern coast of Japan.

Amami is where our exquisite kokuto, or “black sugar,” shochu has been handcrafted from premium sugarcane and rice using classic and modern techniques for over 60 years.


Our Mission

Much attention is rightfully given to Japan’s whiskey industry, but shochu is the national spirit.

Despite shochu’s health benefits, versatility, and complexity, it is still virtually unknown to most in the U.S. We’re here to change that.

Our mission is to introduce the beauty of shochu to a new audience through approachable and memorable product selections.

We hope you join us on this journey.