Nankai Shochu


There are many reasons why Nankai Shochu is what you should be drinking.  But first, what is it? 

Nankai Shochu is a 24% ABV vacuum-distilled craft shochu from Amami, Japan. It is distilled only once from 80% black sugar and 20% rice so it retains all the natural essences of the ingredients. 

Shochu as a category has outsold sake in Japan for the last decade because of its versatility and its health benefits. However, shochu has failed to catch on in the U.S. primarily because it’s an acquired taste.

But, Nankai is unlike any other shochu. Sweetly fragrant and impossibly smooth, it is incredibly easy to drink on the rocks or in your favorite cocktail.


So, why is Nankai Shochu right for you?

  • Shochu as a category has a number of health benefits worth checking out. And Nankai Shochu is easier to drink than most shochus in the market.

  • One of the biggest trends in the alcohol industry is low ABV cocktails, and Nankai is the perfect replacement for vodka, gin, or tequila. Also, Nankai elevates other flavors, making it much easier to mix.

  • Nankai Shochu’s vacuum-distillation and low ABV makes it perfect for food pairing. Nankai’s clean, smooth flavor will stunningly enhance savory/umami, salt, bitter, and sour flavors. 

What is Shochu?

Shochu is a Japanese distilled spirit made typically from barley, sweet potato, or as in our case, sugarcane.

Shochu is commonly mistaken for sake or soju, but it is quite different from both. Check out our blog to learn more.

Shochu is a beautifully single-distilled spirit, retaining all the natural flavors and aromas of the ingredients. Other spirits, including most Korean soju, are distilled multiple times, losing flavor with each pass. 

Discover shochu, the original craft spirit of Japan.

Why Nankai Shochu?



Nankai Shochu is vacuum-distilled and carefully aged. The result makes Nankai crisp, fragrant, and easier to drink than traditional shochus made from sweet potato or barley.


Zero Sugar/CARBS

Through the magic of distillation, there is NO SUGAR and NO CARBS in shochu, even if it is made from sugarcane. And we absolutely do not add any additional sugars.



Nankai Shochu is distilled from 80% sugarcane and 20% rice, both of which are naturally gluten-free. And, Nankai Shochu is all-natural without additives or flavorings.


Low Calories

Shochu has lower calories than vodka or sake. 1 ounce of shochu has about 15-20 calories versus 60 calories for vodka and 40 for sake. Source: SF Gate.


Heart Benefits

Drinking shochu stimulates urokinase enzymes (1.5x more than red wine) in the body that break up blood clots, reducing the risk of heart disease and strokes.


Tastes Great

Yes, this icon doesn't match the set, but we're pretty proud of our awards: Gold Medal 2018 LA Spirits Competition and Double Gold Medal SIP Awards. We think you'll agree with the judges.

the healthy choice

  • Shochu at 24% ABV has lower calories than vodka or sake. About 15-20 calories per ounce of shochu compared to 60 calories for vodka and 40 calories for sake.
  • Shochu has NO sugar, even if it’s made from sugar cane. All of the sugar is converted into alcohol during distillation.
  • Shochu reduces the risk of strokes and blood clots because it is naturally high in an enzyme known as “urokinase“. Shochu has more urokinase than red wine. 
  • Shochu is often said to cause less hangovers. While there is no scientific evidence backing this up, the hypothesis, such as that presented by Professor Hiroyuki Sumi of Kurashiki University in the Japan Times, is that “good shochu is very pure and has few adulterants.” 
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