Tantakatan Shiso Shochu: a Delicate and Unique Herb Shochu

What Is So Special About Shiso Shochu?


You might be familiar with Shiso as a Japanese herb that is used in various dishes of Japanese cuisine. The plant is a member of the mint family but it has a very unique flavour which is not quite minty. But what you might not know yet is that shochu made with shiso is a thing!


When it comes to shiso shochu, Tantakatan is the first that comes to mind. It is no exaggeration to say that shiso shochu equals Tantakatan. Tantakatan is finest Japanese spirit (Shochu) made from carefully selected red shiso and pristine water from Shiranuka town in Hokkaido. Tantakatan Shochu was first released in 1992, and to this day this Shochu is one of the most sold in Japan, loved for its smooth and refreshing aroma and taste. 


The key ingredient of this shochu, red shiso is exclusively cultivated only for Tantakatan by the contracted farmers in Shiranuka town in Hokkaido. The large temperature difference between day and night is the reason for the abundance of pigment components that give it its bright purple colour. The long hours of sunlight allow for the production of fragrant, large-leaved red shiso. No agricultural chemicals are used, so the red shiso has brilliant flavor and rich taste.


"Tantaka" means flounder in the Ainu language and refers to the fact that flounder goes back this far in history. The packaging therefore carries a legendary tale of the flounder's journey back to this place. You can watch this adorable movie made by Oenon brewery which shows the tale of Tantakatan flounder!


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