The most comprehensive English language reference on shochu and awamori, Japan’s indigenous alcoholic spirits. Author Christopher Pellegrini, a longtime Tokyo resident, is a certified Shochu Sommelier (SSI) and regularly gives shochu seminars in Japan and abroad. He adores any drink that enhances his meal, and shochu fits the bill more than most.
If you’re new to, or curious about, shochu and awamori, then there’s no better resource than “The Shochu Handbook.”
Chapter 1. What is shochu?
Chapter 2. How is honkaku shochu unique?
Chapter 3. How is shochu made?
Chapter 4. Types of shochu
Chapter 5. Reading the label
Chapter 6. How to serve shochu
Chapter 7. Shochu pairing and sharing
Chapter 8. Recommended shochu
Chapter 9. Shochu recipes
Chapter 10. Basic Japanese for shochu drinkers
(For reference, the print version is 196 pages.)