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180 Years of Brewing History…

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While it started producing the acclaimed Hitachino Nest beers in 1996, Kiuchi brewery in Konosu, Japan has been making sake and distilled spirits for almost 200 years. Consequently, it was a natural step for the brewery to distill its beer, and it has done so to spectacular effect with this distillate of Hitachino Nest White Ale. The distilled beer is matured with coriander, hops, and orange peel for one month and then it is diluted with fresh White Ale and matured for another six months, finally being filtered and bottled with only minor dilution from local spring water. The resulting spirit is spicy with coriander, bitter orange, and oak notes on the nose, with a massive mid-palate balance of sweetness, tartness, and slight citrus-peel bitter finishing to a long chewy sake aftertaste.