It has yet to reach the international popularity of sake, but shochu, the distilled drink made from rice, barley, or sweet potatoes, remains extremely popular within Japan, especially among those who want their Japanese spirits a little more, well, spirited (shochu is usually 20-30% alcohol, as opposed to sake's 15%). And among the thousands of shochu labels available in Japan, few have the history (and the fan base) of the Nikaido Mugi Shochu from Oita Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, the shochu that has inspired this Kameyama Nikaido Oita Mugi Shochu Candle.
The Kameyama Nikaido Oita Mugi Shochu Candle comes in a glass cup often used for single portions of sake. The real Oita Nikaido Mugi Shochu doesn't come in such a cup, which makes this candle even more unique as a decorative item. It keeps burning for 27 whole hours and it gives out a citrus-like fragrance that brings to mind the actual drink. Even if you are not a diehard shochu drinker, the label alone is a nostalgic throwback to a different era and Japan's early 20th-century culture!
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