Among the 27 Kuma shochu distilleries, Fukano Shuzo is one of the few with a history dating back to the Edo period. Founded in 1823, the current president Seiichi Fukano, is the seventh generation. The first generation, who was a purveyor of Kurume, Fukuoka, moved to what is now Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto, with an eye on the abundance of rice and good quality water, and started making shochu - which was encouraged by the Sagara clan that ruled Kuma, Hitoyoshi at that time.
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Distilled under normal pressure with black malted rice, this Kuma Shochu is made by traditional method, aged in a big heavy substantial ceramic pot.
This barrel-aged Kuma shochu was initially developed for the French market. It is now available at liquor stores in Japan as well.
The Secret Story of the Maker
Future Prospects for Kuma Shochu