It’s no surprise really that Ōta Shuzo who are making some seriously impressive Sake are also going to make a great umeshu! This Dōkan Umeshu was made in 2014 by infusing a 1 year old sake with ao-ume [green ume] and korizato [‘ice sugar’ | rock sugar] for about 6 months or so and then bottle aged until release, giving this umeshu a depth of flavour often not seen in other brands. Most of theume used are the Nankobai variety sourced from Wakayama Prefecture along with some Fukui ume from Fukui Prefecture.
Both of these prefectures are famous for their ume varieties with Nankobai and Fukui Ume being the most sought after for making beautifully flavoured umeshu. The Ōta Umeshu is completely additive free with no additional colour, aromas, flavours or acids added, and relies purely on great ingredients and technique.
Ōta are comparatively conservative with the sugar they add to their umeshu as they want to achieve a drink that has the deliciously tart Ume flavours balanced by moderate sweetness. The flavour is enhanced by beautiful sweet marzipan & stewed fruit aromas.
Tasting Notes: Marzipan, sour plums & apricot
Brewery: Shiga, Japan Size: 720ml 13.5% Alcohol Content Product of Japan *Must be over 18 to purchase