Why Nankai Shochu
Is What You Should
Be Drinking

Available exclusively from Amami Oshima Island, Nankai Shochu is a premium Japanese spirit vacuum-distilled from sugar cane and rice, also known as a “kokuto shochu.”

Our distillery handcrafts Nankai Shochu by vacuum-distillation, making it exceptionally smooth, easy to drink, and pure.  Our fans not only love Nankai Shochu for its clean, vibrant, and sweet flavor and aroma, but also because it’s the healthy choice.

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 the final product, 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.

What is Shochu?

Shochu is a single-distilled, Japanese spirit that is typically made from sweet potato, rice, barley, or sugarcane. 

Shochu uniquely uses “koji” mold in the fermentation process, making it different from vodka, gin, or whiskey. 

People often compare shochu to sake, but sake is brewed while shochu is distilledIn Japan, shochu has outsold sake over the past decade.  

One reason for shochu’s popularity is that it has zero carbs and lower calories than sake, making it a healthier option for people. Thanks to special enzymes, shochu is also known to reduce the risk of strokes and heart disease.

Shochu: The Healthy Choice

Shochu is well regarded for its many health benefits:

  • Shochu 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 content 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 or sake. 
  • 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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