What is Shochu
Japanese Craft Spirits
Japanese craft spirits consist of shochu, Japanese whiskey and gin, among others. Shochu is a largely unknown spirit in the world right now. However, we strongly believe it has big potential in the global market.
As a government-related organization, JETRO is now working hard to promote shochu exports from Japan to the world.
This website helps you explore the attractions of shochu, and also supports you in finding partners to import it from Japan. So, please enjoy this “shochu world,” and we welcome your feedback and inquiries!!
Shochu and awamori are made using koji, a uniquely Japanese culture of fermentation, their production involves both brewing and distilling techniques. The production process is unusual, and the flavors are unique. To bartenders from overseas, it feels like a mysterious spirit that has evolved on its own in the eastern island nation of Zipangu.
Brewing with koji gives shochu its aroma, flavor, and oiliness, as well as a unique depth of sweetness
How oil is left in during filtration determines the weight and character of the shochu A mentality distinct from other spirits around the world
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME
Even with an alcohol content of 20 percent, shochu’s strong flavors allow it to be used in cocktails
Honkaku Shochu and Awamori
This website is focused on Honkaku Shochu and Awamori, created and run by the Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association, which represents about 1,700 prodeucers of sake, Honkaku Shochu, and Awamori.
Shochu Next, a web magazine (only Japanese)
Shochu is the most familiar crafted spirits to Japanese people. We, ‘SHOCHU NEXT,’ sincerely wish to assist opening up the great future of Shochu with Japanese proud by exploring this potential spirit from various angles. This site is operated by Nanzan Bussan Corporation.
This content was created with the supplementary budget of 2020 from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.