Amami Kokuto Shochu The Exclusive Shochu from Japan's Amami Islands
Amami Kokuto Shochu is a rare and uncommon spirit made from brown sugar and malted rice, or koji. Only distilleries in the Amami Islands of Japan are authorized to produce them. Currently, there are 26 distilleries; said another way, there are only 26 distilleries in the world that can offer this truly singular, brown sugar and malted rice-based spirit that cannot be found anywhere else. The scarcity has obscured kokuto shochu from the rest of the world, despite its high potential.
What the Experts Say
“As a sommelier, I believe the characteristics of each can be most appreciated when it is served straight, similar to brewed drinks.”
“The flavor of the drinks changes… surprising me every time. Honkaku and Amami Kokuto Shochu have so much more to offer, I’m looking forward to what’s ahead.”
“Kokuto shochu retains oils to amplify the umami flavor. I am excited about the next adventures of the distilleries.”
Interview with Distilleries
The quest for the finest malted rice
Yayoi Shochu Brewery LPC
Enterprising spirit and capabilities are at work to globally establish Amami Kokuto Shochu
Machida Shuzo Co., Ltd.
Stories of Kikai Island captured in the enticing aroma
Kokuto Shochu Asahi Distillery Co., Ltd.
From the foothills of a sacred mountain, innovative ideas bring their products to enthusiasts around the world
Amami Oshima Kaiun Shuzo Co., Ltd.
Parings and Cocktails
Pairing with Foods
Amami Kokuto Shochu's ability to enhance flavors make this a perfect liquor to dine with, especially when it is paired with dishes that complement the qualities of each brand.VIEW MORE
There are a wide variety of flavors and aromas, from the fresh and fruity to the sublime and mellow, resulting from each island’s location and the characteristics of each distillery. Further, Amami Kokuto Shochu has zero carbohydrates and is low in calories, making it a “healthy” alcoholic beverage and even more enticing.VIEW MORE