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Sarukoh by Sarukoh Izu Shuzo
Barley Shochu with a Tradition from Meiji Era
Date:15, Oct, 2012
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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Ikishima Island, Nagasaki is a small island to north of Kyusyu, about 30,000 people live in.

Primary industries are in full flood there. And among them, it is very rare and nation-widely well-known that female divers in the island submerge fishing with leotards, not wet suits.


Sarukoh
Made from Barley, Rice-malt
Alcohol:35
Volume: 1,800 ml
Price:2,680 Yen (Tax in)
However, there are no other specialties more popular than the Iki barley shochu that it had inherited in Ikishima Island. They mix rice-malt 1/3 with barley 2/3. There are only seven breweries of the traditional shochu there.

One from the seven breweries, Sarukoh Izu Shuzo has brewed their representative Sarukoh and we are featuring here.

Sarukoh basically means a name of the river pure water has flown for a long time in the island. Indeed, it is clear but tasteful. That is the great shochu worthy of the name.

They have used earthenware for fermenting rice-malt since the sake brewery was established in 1903, although it is no longer used at most breweries in the present time. So you can feel perfume of rice and barley clearly and it tastes sweet a little bit, moreover it touches very smooth in our mouths.

How come they have brewed good barley shochu in the island? There old people busily did rice farming because of warm climate but they had to pay most as the land tax. Then they had lived on barley and improved their barley shochu there. So their shochu lets you taste their history in the island together. Taste once and make sure of a tradition in the island.







 

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