Iichiko Saiten is a higher-proof Shochu created specifically for mixology and craft cocktails. Unlike vodka, which is distilled multiple times to remove its underlying flavour, iichiko Saiten is pot-distilled only once, preserving its rich flavour and character, along with an exceptionally smooth finish. Iichiko Saiten creates savoury, umami-like flavours for genuinely unique cocktails. Saiten translates loosely as ‘colorful sky’.
The lush greenery, pure water and cool breezes of Oita Prefecture, famously known for their hot springs, provide the perfect setting to house the distillery where iichiko shochu is produced. It all begins with carefully selecting the finest natural ingredients and water. Advanced distilling technologies are then applied to produce the highest quality shochu. Since 1979, iichiko has prided itself on putting quality first, the way it’s always been done and will always continue to be done.
Read about Carnaval, winner of the Highest New Entry Award 2019, sponsored by iichiko Saiten.