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What is the secret of iichiko's excellent taste?
A Japanese friend told me that iichiko goes well with all Japanese dishes.
iichiko is available in many different bottles, are the contents all the same?
Is it true that iichiko is a healthy drink?
What is the best way to enjoy the taste of iichiko to its fullest?
How should I mix iichiko with hot water?
What does the name "iichiko" mean?
Does iichiko have an expiry date?
What is the difference between iichiko and sake?
   
What is the secret of iichiko's excellent taste?
The ingredients, the water, and the air. These are the three factors
most important when producing alcoholic beverages. The chief ingredient
in iichiko is carefully selected barley that has had almost 60% of the
bran removed. Our exquisitely pure water is pumped up from an
underground stream 300 meters below ground. And the air is
crystal-clear, fresh from the mountains. Created from these materials
and the blessings of nature, iichiko is produced slowly and carefully.
The secret of its excellent taste lies therein.
A Japanese friend told me that iichiko goes well with all Japanese dishes.
Yes, it is excellent with all types of food. Since iichiko is
sugar-free and refreshing, it goes well with fatty foods, and the mild taste of barley particularly matches Japanese dishes that use natural ingredients.
iichiko is available in many different bottles, are the contents all the same?
(1) iichiko 25% is an authentic shochu (distilled spirit) made from
carefully selected barley, barley koji (malt), and natural water.
In Japan, it is the most popular of our products.

(2) iichiko SILHOUETTE and iichiko PERSON are superior products that combine
the all-koji raw spirits with the excellent taste of iichiko 25%
and the smoothness and mellowness of raw spirits matured in barrels.

(3) ichiko SUPER fuses three types of raw spirits: aromatic raw spirits,
flavorful raw spirits, and "SUPER raw spirits" stored in barrels.

(4) iichiko SPECIAL is a mature spirit that uses new yeast blended with raw
spirits characterized by a rich aroma and mellow taste. The raw spirits,
stored for five to seven years, account for more than 50%
of the composition of the drink.

(5) iichiko FRASCO is an authentic shochu positioned at the top of our product lineup,
made by blending highly pearled, low-temperature fermented all-koji raw spirits,
which are brewed exclusively from barley koji throughout the whole production process
including the first and second shikomi (the preparation process before distillation).
Is it true that iichiko is a healthy drink?
Since iichiko is a distilled spirit, it is sugar-free. It is a common misunderstanding
that distilled drinks are high in calories because they have a high proof,
but these drinks are usually mixed with cold or hot water, so that compared with
the same volume of other alcoholic drinks, their calorific count is lower.
What is the best way to enjoy the taste of iichiko to its fullest?
To fully enjoy the authentic taste and aroma of iichiko, we recommend drinking it
on the rocks, or mixing it with cold or hot water. However, we think the best way is
to drink it as you like it. If you discover a good recipe, please send it in and share it.
How should I mix iichiko with hot water?
First pour hot water into a glass, and then add iichiko.
Since the temperature of the water is higher than that of iichiko, convection
takes place naturally, and you will be able to enjoy its soft aroma.
Adjust the ratio to suit your taste.
What does the name "iichiko" mean?
"iichiko" is a term from the Oita dialect of Japanese meaning "fine" or "good".
Before releasing the product, we polled the public for name suggestions,
and chose "iichiko" from the entries received.
Does iichiko have an expiry date?
Because iichiko is a distilled spirit, it basically does not have an expiry date.
It will not decay or degrade like brewed drinks such as sake or wine.
However, the taste could deteriorate due to factors such as lighting
conditions, time, or degradation of the bottle cap. iichiko can be drunk without a
problem several years after its manufactured date if it has been stored unopened in a cool, dark place and there is no abnormality around the bottle cap.
What is the difference between iichiko and sake?
Alcoholic drinks can be classified into brewed drinks such as sake, wine, and beer,
and distilled drinks such as iichiko and whiskey. Distilled drinks are made by
distilling fermented alcohol, so their proof is relatively high. iichiko's
proof ranges from 20% to 30%. The proof for sake is normally around 15%.
 
 
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