St. George California Shochu

    California Shochu

    The Spirit

    Our friends at Oakland’s Ramen Shop put their own California spin on venerable Japanese culinary traditions. Inspired by their creativity, we sought out to make a full-flavored shochu from California rice that would complement a hearty bowl of ramen.

    Master distiller Lance Winters did the art direction for the label in conjunction with artist/illustrator Lauren Asta. The design is a mash-up of the California state flag and the national flag of Japan. If you translate the kanji (Japanese characters), the bear is saying “angry bear sound.”

    The Process

    Our shochu is distilled from sake lees from a local producer. The sake lees are steamed Calrose rice, inoculated with koji spores and then fermented. Once the koji has enzymatically transformed the starches from the rice into sugar, we pitch with yeast and ferment cold. Following fermentation, we blend with non-GMO neutral spirit, and then distill in-house on one of our custom-made copper pot stills.

    The Experience

    On the nose, you’ll find cashew, pistachio, sweet mushrooms, and finally, dried cocoa. That sense of cocoa further develops on the palate as bittersweet chocolate. Try St. George California Shochu in a Shochu Highball, in cocktails with our Baller Single Malt Whiskey, with matcha, with yuzu, or in your own original creation.

    What they’re saying

    A crisp, vegetal, super malty, and slightly sweet Cali shochu. —

    Explodes on the tongue with earthy notes and a sweet vanilla finish. — Robb Report

    Earthy and vegetal, with touches of walnut and roasted pistachio alongside. Subtle sweetness of brown sugar and creamy vanilla. — Master of Malt


    Format: 750ml
    ABV: 40%
    Availability: Originally a California exclusive, now more widely available. Search here.