Japan's "Daiyame" Wins Top Shochu Prize at Int'l Contest

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London, Nov. 29 (Jiji Press)--"Daiyame," from Japan, has won the top prize in the "shochu" distilled spirits category at the International Wine & Spirit Competition for 2019.

The trophy for the prize was presented to the maker of the shochu product, Hamada Syuzou, based in the city of Ichikikushikino in the southwestern Japan prefecture of Kagoshima, at the award ceremony in London on Thursday.

Daiyame, made from sweet potato and featuring a lychee-like aroma, was launched to mark the 150th anniversary of the distiller. It is "a complex spirit with a fruity nose and floral elements such a rose," and offers "a fluffy texture on the palate with delicate perfumed notes, good balance, and a long finish," judges said in tasting notes.

Kotaro Hamada, a 25-year-old director of Hamada Syuzou, told reporters that he believes shochu has been judged to have potential to compete internationally ,just like Britain's scotch whisky, which has grown from a liquor of the country to a distilled spirit of the world.

Sophie Pashley, who is engaged in the whisky business in York, England, tasted Daiyame in her first experience of trying traditional Japanese shochu. "Sake is too thick...but this (Daiyame) is clear and crisp," said Pashley, 23.

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