Ikinokura Sake Brewery
Since 1899, 55 Shochu distilleries had opened on Iki Island when the liquor tax law was enacted. Due to continuous consolidations, only 7 distilleries are left to make Shochu at present. Iki Distillery Co., Ltd. is one of the 7 distilleries in Iki Island, located on a small hill in the center of the island. In 1984, 6 distilleries merged and established Iki Shochu Cooperative Association. In 2010, it changed its name to Ikinokura Distillery Co., Ltd. to achieve the company’s further advancement and the growth of Shochu. The Ikinokura Distillery has always been faithful to the traditional Shochu making methods handed down for centuries since the 16th century and will continue to further develop and refine our skills, such as decompression distillation or flower yeast. Iki Shochu will continue to strive for further development and betterment of the Shochu products.
Representative: Eiichi Harada
Address: 520Yutakehonmura, Ashibe,Iki, Nagasaki
Foundation (year) 1984
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Nagasaki Sake Breweries
Nagasaki Prefecture is located on the island of Kyushu. It borders Saga Prefecture to the northeast and surrounded by water, including Ariake Bay, the Tsushima Straits and the East China Sea. It also includes a large number of islands such as Tsushima, Iki and Goto. The arid, nutrient-poor soil made the prefecture difficult to grow rice. It was more suitable for sweet potato cultivation, so this plant was raised in earnest. Iki Island in Nagasaki Prefecture is said to be the birthplace of “Mugi-Shochu”, made from barley. During the shogunate of the 16th century, the rich and fertile soil of Iki caught the attention of the local domain. Rather than sweet potatoes or expensive rice, barley was promoted as a tribute. From this bounty of barley, Iki Shochu production began.
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