A number of shochus available in the US use roasted grains to impart unique flavor characteristics. Kintaro is a premium barley shochu from Nishiyoshia Syuzou in Fukuoka. Kintaro represents the extreme of the Nishiyoshida line-up’s flavor spectrum. A yeasty roasted grain nose pervades, promising a flavor experience unlike other barley shochus. The inital mouth is roasted and sweet, which slowly fades into a dry grassy bite before sliding into a faintly cinnamon finish. This flavor journey makes it one of the most complex and interesting in the variety and assures that you’ll find something new each time you reflect on a glass.