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IMUGE

IMUGE

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Unlike awamori, which is made from rice, IMUGE was crafted from sweet potato and brown sugar, which were more accessible to the general populace during the Ryukyu Kingdom era. These ingredients were readily available and used by villagers to distill their own alcohol for celebrations and ceremonial occasions, making IMUGE a beloved drink among the masses.

However, in the late Meiji period, the government enacted a law prohibiting the local production of homemade spirits, leading to the disappearance of many such local brews, including IMUGE. For over a century, IMUGE became a lost relic of the past, known to very few even in Okinawa.

Now, after more than a hundred years, IMUGE has been resurrected by enthusiasts as a tribute to the spirit of the Ryukyuan commoners. This modern rendition of IMUGE is crafted using sweet potatoes from Kume Island and local Okinawan brown sugar, bringing a subtle sweetness and a clear, crisp finish to the drink.

Enjoy IMUGE in various ways—neat, with water, hot water, or mixed with soda—to experience a refreshing taste that connects you to a bygone era of the Ryukyu Islands. 

TYPE: Imuge Shochu

OUR TASTING NOTES: Roasted sweet potato, note of apple, mild brown sugar.

FOOD PAIRING: 

SERVING SUGGESTIONS: 

Straight: Experience the full flavour at room temperature, around 20°C, ideal for tasting its true character.

On the Rocks: Serve IMUGE over ice to enjoy a gradual change in flavour as the ice melts, creating a mellow drinking experience.

With Water: Mixing IMUGE with water enhances its subtlety:

  • 6 parts IMUGE to 4 parts water for a stronger taste.
  • 5 parts IMUGE to 5 parts water for a balanced, easy drink.
  • 4 parts IMUGE to 6 parts water for a light, crisp taste.

Hot Water Mix: Add hot water to IMUGE to release its sweet potato and brown sugar aromas, enhancing the warmth and flavour. A small glass and water at about 40-45°C are recommended to maintain the perfect warmth.

STORAGE: Store in a dry and cool place. Avoid direct sunlight.

SPECS:
Japanese name: 久米島の久米仙IMUGE 25度
Brewery: Kumeshima no Kumesen (Okinawa prefecture)
Size: 720 ml
ABV: 25%
Ingredients: sweet potato, rice, brown sugar, water, koji, yeast

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Shipping Information

*Challenge 25: Anyone who is over 18 but looks under 25 are required to show their valid proof of age ID when purchasing alcohol. This applies to both our Delivery and Click and Collect services. Please prepare your document upon receipt of product or when visiting our store. 

Option1: Delivery 

We currently ship only within the UK.

For UK delivery, it will usually take up to 2 - 5 working days to be delivered to your address after receiving the order confirmation (It will take up to 3 - 17 working days to be delivered to Isle of Man and Jersey).

Orders will be shipped via DHL with a tracked service. DHL will send a notification email once there are updates with your order.

 

Delivery fees - up to 6 bottles:

 AREASDELIVERY FEE

England, Wales and Scotland 

(excluding Isle of Wight, Isle of Scilly, Highlands and Offshore Islands) 

£6.76

Northern Ireland

£14.09

Isle of Man & Jersey

£16.43

*We currently do not ship to Isle of Wight, Isle of Scilly, Highlands and Offshore Islands. We ask for your patience until we can accept deliveries from the areas in the future.

 

  • Option2: Click and Collect

You can come and collect your purchase instore (see Contact Us for address and opening hours) for no extra delivery fees. Please remember to bring your valid proof of ID with you when you visit us for a pick up.

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