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Kintaro is a premium barley shochu from Nishiyoshia Syuzou in Fukuoka, which I was fortunate enough to visit last summer. Iíd sought them out for that trip specifically because of their fantastic barley shochus, which have only recently begun appearing in the U.S. Theyíve yet to catch on, but itís only a matter of time.
Kintaro represents the extreme of the Nishiyoshida line-upís flavor spectrum. A yeasty roasted grain nose pervades, promising a flavor experience unlike other barley shochus. The inital mouth is roasted and sweet, which slowly fades into a dry grassy bite before sliding into a faintly cinnamon finish. This flavor journey makes it one of the most complex and interesting in the variety and assures that youíll find something new each time you reflect on a glass.
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