Know Umeshu

Different types of Umeshu

Do you know how many types of Umeshu are there in Japan?

We will introduce the different types of Umeshu and their differences to you.

1.How many types of Umeshu are there in Japan?

Each type of umeshu is first classified by its base alcohol

Umeshu is predominantly made from three types of alcohol: sake, shochu and brandy.

In addition, there are forms of umeshu based on other alcohols such as whiskey, grappa, spirits or rum.

  1. Introduction to different types of Umeshu
  • Umeshu which is made with Shochu

This is the most standard type of Umeshu, and in many cases, white liquor is mostly used to make Umeshu.

Umeshu made with shochu is generally stronger and has a sweet, cloying flavor. The ingredients and taste of shochu match plums very well, so you can enjoy a very special taste.

  • Umeshu which is made with Sake

This type has a lighter mouthfeel and more of a rice wine aroma.

The taste of Japanese sake and plums is well balanced and sake gives more flavor to plums, so you can enjoy Umeshu more delicious. 

  • Umeshu which is made with Brandy

Brandy is a type of liquor that is very rich, so Umeshu made with Brandy is very rich too. And because the alcohol content of Brandy is high,it brings out the plum flavor well.

The balance between the freshness of the plum flavor and the rich flavor of the brandy is exquisite! Enjoy it in a variety of ways, such as on the rocks or with soda.

———Some special types of Umeshu

  • Sparkling Umeshu

Sparkling Umeshu is a type of umeshu that is sparkling . It is produced by the carbon dioxide gas injection method, which adds carbonic acid to Umeshu, and by the secondary fermentation method in the bottle, which is the method used to make champagne.

Sparkling Umeshu is easy to drink, and many of them have a refreshing taste with a modest sweetness, so it’s perfect for toasting!

  • Nigori(With Pulp/Unfiltered)

“Nigori” means “cloudy”, from drinking sake.It refers to sake that is unfiltered and has a cloudy, rather than clear appearance.

Similarly, nigori umeshu is plum wine that has finely grated pulp from the ume plums that were used to brew the Umeshu. The pulp is full of flavor from steeping in the liqueur for months.

Nigori Umeshu has a juicy, fruity flavor because of the pulp. You can also enjoy it like a dessert.

Now you have known so many kinds of Umeshu, so which one do you like the best?

About Umeshu Lovers

Made with the finest ume plums from Japan, Umeshu is an apéritif with a sweet-sour flavour.  

Known commonly as “Japanese Plum Wine”, Umeshu is among the most well-known alcoholic beverages in Japan and is slowly gaining popularity worldwide.  

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