Yamamoto Kuranokami Imo Shochu 25% 72cl - The pronounced nose, full, smooth flavour and earthy complexity of shochu distilled from sweet potatoes, in the style that is a speciality of Kagoshima prefecture at the southern tip of Japan. A splash of hot water makes a restoring, warming punch.
Nikka Taketsuru 17 Year Old : £70 Another winner from Nikka's Taketsuru range. This was named for the founder of the company, Masataka Taketsuru and is a big, bold full-bodied vatted whisky. World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Blended Malt Whisky and Best Non-Scotch Blended Malt and Best Non-Scotch Blended Malt 13 to 20 years
TAIKUN SHOCHU “A beautiful nose of spring flowers, crisp with a hint of mineral and complex textures.” TAIKUN is made from the highest quality of barley, and diluted (to 25% ABV) using fresh spring water from Yufu in the Oita region of Japan. Subtle and elegant in style, the nose shares some similarities with sake, with suggestions of apple, white blossom and almond.