A uniquely Japanese interpretation of a classic sweet red vermouth crafted by the Tsutsumi Distillery in the Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu, Japan • Made from a Junmai sake base and fortified with 100% rice-based shochu • Full botanical list includes yomogi (Japanese mugwort), yuzu, kabosu (a high acid citrus fruit), sansho peppercorn, and ume (Japanese green plum) • Sweetened with Okinawan raw cane sugar • Richer and more robust than the drier, flagship Bermutto with aromas of stewed cherry, orange peel, brown sugar, and wood spice; the palate is bright and acidic with the kabosu and yomogi notably dialed up, lending notes of black tea, tart cherry, and citrus zest; the ume is prominent throughout, providing subtle marzipan and oxidized fruit notes similar to umeshu (Japanese plum liqueur)
Oka Kura Bermutto (a Japanese phonetic spelling of vermouth), continues its exploration of vermouth and aromatized, fortified sake with this sweet expression. Building upon a rebalancing of the four base botanicals of the drier, core Bermutto, Sweet Bermutto incorporates a powerful fifth ingredient: a bitter Japanese plum called ume. Ume’s tart astringency is right at home in this bitter botanical blend and is perfectly complemented and balanced by raw cane sugar from Okinawa.
About Oka Kura
Oka Kura is produced by the legendary Tsutsumi Distillery in the Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu, Japan. Tsutsumi has been producing shochu for nearly 150 years in the Hitoyoshi Basin just 5km from the Kuma River, the longest river in Kyushu. It is one of only 28 distilleries certified by the World Trade Organization as a Kuma Shochu producer, a designation similar to the DOCs of Scotch, tequila, & Cognac. The Kuma River is renowned for its reputation as the clearest stream in Japan, lending itself to crafting fine sake and shochu, all from rice grown within the Kuma River system.
Produced at Tsutsumi Distillery, Oka Kura crafts distinctly Japanese spirits and liqueurs from local shochu, Junmai sake, and hyper-regional botanicals.
Influenced by the fortified, aromatized wine producers of Europe while drawing on Japanese tradition, Oka Kura has taken the cocktail world by storm with the introduction of their flagship Bermutto. A shochu-based yuzu liqueur and sweet, ume-based formulation of their core Bermutto demonstrate expertise in crafting products of exceptional quality for use in cocktails by the world’s most discerning bartenders and mixologists. Each new expression from Oka Kura not only provides endless drinking possibilities, but a gateway to Japanese flavors and traditions.