Shitsugi Aging Method

Kusu earthenware pots
Kusu earthenware pots

Awamori ages in a bottle. Using the traditional method called shitsugi, however, different vintages of kusu can be enjoyed over a long period. Shitsugi is a method in which different vintages of awamori are stored in chronological order in earthenware pots. When a certain amount of the oldest awamori (the 'mother liquor') is consumed, the same amount of the second oldest awamori is added to replace it. This is the way to nurture kusu over several decades without suffering a natural loss of volume due to evaporation or losing the flavor of the 'mother liquor'. The most important factor in shitsugi is to choose high-quality earthenware pots. It may be fun to compare the kusu you have made yourself with other people's kusu!

Shitsugi Aging Method
Shitsugi Aging Method

 

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