About Nakano Shuzo
Nakano Shuzo was founded in 1874 and is located in Kitsuki City, the northeastern part of Oita Prefecture. The castle town, which still retains the atmosphere of the Edo period, used to be lined with sake breweries. With the passage of time, one brewery after another went out of business, and today there is only one, the smallest, Nakano Shuzo, located farthest from the castle town.
The brewery's brand name "Chiebijin", which has been used for generations, was named after the founder's wife, Chie.
Nakano Sake Brewery is very particular about its brewing water. Since its founding, the brewery has been using the sacred water from Rokugoumansan (Mt. Rokugou), which springs from 200 meters beneath the Nakano brewery, as its brewing water.
A New Category Liqueur
This lemon tea liqueur is the result of a trial-and-error process using ingredients carefully produced by tea growers and lemon growers. It is made from 100% black tea produced in Kitsuki, Oita Prefecture, and 100% lemons also produced in Kitsuki, Oita Prefecture.
The peeling and pressing of the lemons is done by brewer's craftsmen, rather than being left to machines. No flavourings or colourings are used. The product is neither a 'lemon liqueur' nor a 'black tea liqueur', it is a gem that sticks to the category of "lemon tea liqueur".
The refreshing sweetness of the lemon tea, slightly delayed by the slight sourness of the lemon, and the moderate bitterness of the lemon peel are well balanced on the tongue. The flavour of the lemon tea is so complete that you almost forget that it is an alcoholic drink, almost like drinking iced lemon tea in a coffee shop to cool down.