Awamori, the next Sake?
Awamori is an alcoholic beverage from Okinawa in Japan. It's made from rice and unlike sake, it's distilled spirit. The flavor is similar to Shochu, Soju(Korean Shochu), or Vodka. "Aspergillus awamori" is the fungi responsible for the unique flavor of Awamori. Awamori is exceptionally tasty when mixed with fruit juices like pineapple, orange, and grapefruit. They are available at some of the Japanese grocery stores - Nijiya, Marukai, and Mitsuwa in California.