I found Shochu in my kitchen cabinet yesterday. It has been sitting there for about two years. I typically toss old wine unless it is type of wine that adds values as it ages, but I definitely keep and enjoy Shochu because it does not get bad.
In case you are not too familiar with Shochu, Shōchū is a Japanese distilled beverage. It is typically distilled from barley (mugi), sweet potatoes (imo), buckwheat (soba), or rice (kome), though it is sometimes produced from other ingredients such as brown sugar, chestnut, sesame seeds, or even carrots. Typically shōchū contains approximately 25% alcohol by volume, which is weaker than whisky or standard-strength vodka but stronger than wine and sake.
Shochu is different from Sake that is a brewed rice wine. It tastes a lot stronger and less fruity than Sake due to the nature of the distilling process. You can drink Shochu on the rocks or mix with oolong tea or fruit juice.
Good thing about Shochu is there is no expiration date. Because of the high percentage of alcohol content it does not easily go bad easily. It does gets aged of course. It gets milder and softer taste as it gets aged. I even like “aged shochu” better than fresh one.
We can keep Shochu at home and you are good to go when you have unexpected important guests! Don’t forget to serve the aged shochu in beautiful shochu cups!
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