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Shiratama Umeshu Whisky Blend Review: A Drink That Straddles Two Incredible Flavour Profiles

The Shiratama umeshu whisky blend is produced by Eigashima Shuzo.

Japanese breweries feature some of the most innovative drink production techniques to be found anywhere in the world and Eigashima Shuzo is the perfect example. Known for producing exceptional sake, the Hyogo-based brewery has also crafted the unique Shiratama umeshu whisky blend. 

Sweet, silky and smooth, the drink straddles two worlds of incredible flavour profiles. 

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Japanese Cuisine

Umenishiki Yamakawa Umeshu Review: A Delightful Introductory Plume Wine

Umenishiki umeshu is a smooth and memorabe plum wine.

Japan boasts an eclectic alcohol industry, featuring all kinds of interesting beverages, like honkaku shochu and daiginjo sake. Japanese plum wine/umeshu is another unique drink that has gained popularity in western countries, and I’ve been eager to get my hands on a bottle. I’ve managed to do just that by trying a bottle of umeshu crafted by the Umenishiki Yamakawa brewery. Continue reading “Umenishiki Yamakawa Umeshu Review: A Delightful Introductory Plume Wine”

Book Reviews

The Complete Guide To Japanese Drinks Review: The Kind Of Book That Will Make You Fall In Love With Japanese Booze

Japan has a long tradition of producing some of the most unique alcoholic drinks in the world. From fruity tasting nihonshu to eclectic shochu, Japanese sake has a rich, complex history that has never been told in full until now. The Complete Guide To Japanese Drinks, written by Stephen Lyman and Chris Bunting, is a comprehensive and engrossing text on Japanese alcohol.

Lyman takes readers on a journey through sake, shochu, awamori, umeshu and Japan’s interpretation of western drinks like whisky and gin. Compelling, informative and rich in detail, The Complete Guide To Japanese Drinks is a must-read book for anyone with an interest in Japanese culture. Continue reading “The Complete Guide To Japanese Drinks Review: The Kind Of Book That Will Make You Fall In Love With Japanese Booze”