TOTC’s best new spirits and cocktail ingredients

6th May, 2020 by Nicola Carruthers

Iichiko Saiten


Japanese shōchū Iichiko Saiten, produced on Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost main island, was “optimised” for cocktails to encourage bartenders to experiment with the category.

Sanwa Shurui Company created the expression with insight from leading US bartenders. Shōchū is normally bottled at around 25% ABV and is distilled from barley, sweet potatoes, rice or buckwheat – but Iichiko Saiten has an ABV of 43%.

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