Choya Single Year
A balanced ume liqueur from Choya. Umeshu is made by steeping unripened Japanese plums in alcohol and sugar to allow the flavours to infuse. Ume is often mistaken for a plum. although they are not the same. The ume fruits contain higher acidity than plums, specifically citric acid. This is a refreshing umshu.
The premium claim is underlined by the name of the bottle: “The Choya Single Year”. Not only the addition of an article shows a certain proudness of the product, also the indication “single year” makes you sit up. For this premium Umeshu, various batches of matured Umeshus have been used. According to the manufacturer, at least three different Ume liqueurs, which were allowed to mature between one and two years, are married to create “The Choya Single Year”. The base spirit is once more made from sugar cane and infused with the Nanko ume fruit
Aroma: A rich, aromatic plum combines with citrus, honey, dried fruit (mainly dates), licorice, associations of English wine gum, amarena cherries and candied orange. A very complex and fascinating nose.
Taste: orange, mirabelle, citrus peels, wild honey and, of course, also full-bodied plum. In addition to that there are slight hints of cherries. The sweetness of this Umeshu is not to intense, instead it is nicely balanced by a sourish-aromatic note.
Finish: Complex, astringent and surprisingly fresh