The hunt begins here

Apr 14, 2006

The hunt begins here

The wine and sake department at Tokyu Toyoko’s main department store in Shibuya offers about two dozen umeshu. The individual brands have been helpfully labeled, so you can easily distinguish what each is based on, be it nihonshu, shochu or brandy. However, do check ...

Picks to sip

Apr 14, 2006

Picks to sip

Oushuku Nigori Umeshu from Tokushima The first thing that will strike you about this brew is the pumpkin orange color. As you pour it into the glass the thick texture sticks to the sides of the glass. The meat of the apricots have been ...

Apr 14, 2006

What type are you?

Depending on the “base” used for umeshu, you will find a wide variety of flavor profiles. For the novice, it may be good to start with a sweeter version, based on shochu. If you are a sake fan, obviously nihonshu-based umeshu will appeal. Shochu: ...