The above mark indicates the products are made in Japan and are reliable in terms of quality.
From now on, a seal with this mark will be displayed on all Japanese liquor exports.
Geographical indication: Nihonshu (Japanese sake)
Sake, a brewed liquor, is made from water, rice and koji (mold for fermentation). Only sake made in Japan can be called “Japanese sake” (nihonshu). In other words, sake made using raw ingredients like rice from outside of Japan or sake manufactured outside Japan cannot be called “Japanese sake.”
What is Nihonshu(Japanese sake)?
Honkaku Shochu and Awamori
Honkaku Shochu is made by fermenting raw ingredients like sweet potato, rice, barley, brown sugar, koji and water. A traditional Japanese liquor, Honkaku Shochu is distilled only once retaining the flavor of the ingredients. Awamori is a variety of “Honkaku Shochu” made in Okinawa. The alcohol content is generally higher than Japanese sake. You can drink it straight, on the rocks, with cold or hot water.
What is Honkaku Shochu & Awamori?