WHAT IS SHOCHU?
There are many reasons why Nankai Shochu is what you should be drinking. But first, what is shochu?
Shochu is a traditional Japanese distilled spirit made typically from barley, sweet potato, or as in our case, sugarcane and rice.
Shochu uses koji, the same fermentation starter as miso or soy sauce, making it unique from other spirits like whisky or vodka. Learn more about koji here.
Genuine shochu, like Nankai Shochu, is also single-distilled, retaining the flavors and aromas of the ingredients. Other spirits, including many Korean sojus, are multi-distilled, which lose flavor with each pass and often rely on additives or sweeteners.
Despite its popularity in Japan, shochu has yet to catch on in the U.S. due to lack of awareness and its unique character profile. We’re hoping to change this with Nankai Shochu, an all-natural 24% ABV shochu from Amami, Japan. Sweetly fragrant and impossibly smooth, it is very easy to drink on the rocks or in your favorite cocktail.
So, why is shochu right for you?
- Shochu as a category has a number of benefits worth checking out.
- No sugar or carbs
- Nankai is naturally gluten-free.
- Thanks to lower ABV and distillation method, shochu only has 40 calories/ounce. That’s way less than other spirits.
- Better for your heart than red wine.
- One of the biggest trends in the alcohol industry is low ABV cocktails, and Nankai Shochu 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.4
FAQ: SHOCHU vs SAKE & SOJU
Shochu is often mistaken for sake or soju but is quite different from both.
Shochu and Sake share similar ingredients, but sake is brewed and shochu is distilled. Shochu as a category has outsold sake in Japan for the last decade because of its versatility and its health benefits.
Genuine craft shochus like Nankai are single-distilled from all-natural, high-quality ingredients with absolutely no flavor additives. Korean soju, like the affordable ones commonly enjoyed at Korean restaurants, are multi-distilled and are often made with sweeteners or other additives. However, there are legal reasons why our bottle says “soju.” Check out our blog to learn more.
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.
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.
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.
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the healthy choice
- Shochu at 24% ABV has lower calories per serving size than vodka or sake. About 60 calories per 1.5 oz shot of shochu compared to 90 calories for vodka. A typical serving size of sake is about 150 calories.
- 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.”
Don’t believe us? Check out all these great articles that talk about why Nankai Shochu and other shochus are worth trying out.
This Crisp Cocktail Shochu Goes Down As Easy As Vodka Food & Wine
Shochuary is the New Drynuary Food & Wine
Shochu's Growing Presence Napa Valley Register
The Shochu Must Go On Oakland Magazine
Everything to Know About Shochu Food & Wine
Shochu: Japan's Craft Spirit TalesoftheCocktail
Know Your Soju From Your Shochu Eater
The Best Spirit You've Never Tasted Forbes
Shochu: Cheers With Fewer Calories Popsugar
Becoming Fluent in Shochu Washington Post
Move Over Vodka, Here Comes Shochu SF Gate
Rising Shochu LA Times
Asian Shochu Fills Trendy Glasses Chicago Business