The Japan Distilled Podcast
- Shochu vs. Soju: a fierce rivalry? (Ep. 11)In the 11th episode of the Japan Distilled podcast, your hosts Christopher Pellegrini & Stephen Lyman tackle their most controversial topic yet: shochu vs. soju. One made in Japan (shochu) and one made in Korea (soju). A previous shochu vs. soju post on kanpai.us ended up garnering the most visits and more comments than usual, many defending soju. Well, we are here to set the record straight.
- The Essential Differences between Sake and Shochu (Ep. 10)In this episode we explain the differences between Japanese sake and shochu (and awamori). They are uniquely Japanese due to some key similarities, but their key differences make them very different in how we enjoy them.
- Authentic Honkaku & Otherwise (Ep. 9)In this episode we explain the differences between honkaku, otsurui, korui, konwa, single distilled, multiply distilled, and white liquor categories of shochu in Japan.
- What is Authentic Whisky? (Ep. 8)In the 8th episode of the Japan Distilled podcast, your hosts Christopher Pellegrini & Stephen Lyman reflect on what defines authentic whisky in Japan and abroad. In this fourth and final part of our series on Japanese whiskies, we ask a few questions that sent us down a rabbit hole of ideas and suggestions that the Japanese whisky industry may never consider, but we enjoyed discussing.
- New Japanese Whisky Standards Announced! (Ep. 7)In the 7th episode of the Japan Distilled podcast, your hosts Christopher Pellegrini and Stephen Lyman introduce the newly announced Japanese whisky standards. In this third of a planned four-part series on Japanese whiskies, we dive into the production quality standards, labeling rules, and other arcane parts of the new guidance issued by the Japanese Spirits and Liqueur Makers Association (JSLMA). These voluntary standards go into effect April 1, 2021 and JSLMA members are expected to be fully compliant by March 31, 2024. NOTE: This episode is being released between 2 regularly scheduled podcast episodes due to the “breaking news” nature of these announcements.