1979 Vintage Awamori… Is 500 Years Old

Distilled in 1979 by the renowned Seishin distillery, this awamori was not bottled until 2000.

14.06.2018

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1979 is the name of a song (a melancholic one, of course) by The Smashing Pumpkins, but it’s also the year of birth of awamori. This alcoholic beverage, distilled from indica rice, was not bottled until 2000, by the famous Seishin distillery. This awamori 1979, with a light, refreshing taste, is sold at the staggering price of 239,484 Japanese Yen (roughly 2,200 Euros).

A variant of the more classic shochu (a Japanese alcoholic drink made from rice or barley), awamori has been produced on the tropical archipelago of Okinawa since the 15th century. The first time you take a sip of this beverage, it’s quite possible that your lips will twist into an expression like that produced by drinking a very strong liquor: awamori contains 30% alcohol, and the percentage increases with age.

There are three types of awamori: ippanshu, non-aged, kusu, aged for at least three years, and hahasake, which contains 60% alcohol and is produced only on Yonaguni island.

© Seifuku Distillery. Co.,Ltd.

© Seifuku Distillery. Co.,Ltd.

© Seifuku Distillery. Co.,Ltd.