Nankai Shochu

For Fans of Japanese Whisky

Before there was whisky in Japan, there was shochu
and artisans have been perfecting the single-distilled spirit for over 500 years.

NANKAI GOLD is an exceptional blend of the finest expressions of matured and cask-aged
, or “black sugar,” shochu from our distillery on Amami Island, Japan.

Elegantly smooth and drinkable, Nankai Gold offers remarkable layers
of fruit, floral, and malty aromas with gentle notes of raisins, chocolates and honey.

Enjoy this rare and exquisite spirit neat, on the rocks, or in your favorite whisky cocktail.

making Nankai Gold

Nankai Gold is a 43% ABV blend of artisanal black sugar shochus single-distilled from black sugar (80%) and rice (20%).

Nankai Gold is handcrafted from only four natural ingredients: sugarcane, rice, koji yeast, and water.

It is produced exclusively by our distillery on Amami Island, Japan, using both modern and traditional techniques.


A portion of our blend is single-distilled via vacuum distillation to create a smooth and delicious finish.

Vacuum-distillation is a modern technique that significantly lower the boiling point of alcohol, resulting in a softer, gentler distillate.

The results are delicious spirits, like Nankai Shochu and Nankai Gold, with incredible flavor and unbelievable smoothness.

vacuum-distilled shochu
Cask-Aged Shochu

Finishing in Oak Casks

Master Distiller Yoichiro Haseba thoughtfully finishes our select shochus in used and unused American white oak and French Limousin casks.

Each shochu is aged up to 5 years before being introduced into Nankai Gold. 

The result is a unique and complex experience worthy of your attention.

Nankai Gold is an indelible blend of shochus, a traditional Japanese distilled spirit. While there are shared elements, shochu is not whisky.

For example, shochu can be cask-aged but is disqualified as a shochu
if it’s too
darkly hued like most whiskies.
Also, shochu uniquely uses “koji” in the fermentation process. And, shochu is single-distilled to preserve the luscious flavors and aromas of the source grain.

However, if you’re a fan of Japanese whiskies, you will find much to appreciate in Nankai Gold, from its depth of carefully balanced flavors
to the elegant influence of oak casks.

We prefer it on the rocks with  a single large cube or neat.

But, we’re also a sucker for a good Old-Fashioned or Highball.

Discover what you prefer and go with it.

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