Africa's first wooded shōchū evolved from a happy accident - we heated a batch of fermented mash a bit too high, and after it was distilled, the shōchū had a toasty malted flavour that we liked. In Japan, some shōchū is aged in cedar kegs, giving a faint resinous quality that goes great with red meat. While cedar isn't a common item in South Africa - toasted oak certainly is, thanks to the many wineries. We aged the liquor for 3 months on medium-toasted American oak chips and our unique wooded shōchū was born. It has a beautiful golden colour and a faint wood note that really brings the malt flavour into balance.
Bottle size/volume: 750ml
A toasted-malt nose quickly dissolves into a long middle, punctuated by a creamy mouthfeel and a light savoury flavour, with a finish of vanilla, wood, leather, and faint pipe smoke notes brought by the oak.