Taking awamori liquor that inspires to the world
Zuisen Distillery Co., Ltd. founded on May 1st, 1887. In the old days, in order to maintain the high quality of Awamori, government of Ryukyu Kingdom allowed brewing Awamori in 3 castle towns - Sakiyama, Akata, and Torihori. These 3 towns were called Sanka. Sanka was in strict control over Awamori and kept its traditional taste.
Shuri's high-quality Awamori, "Ryukyu Awamori Zuisen" was named by Kouei Kyan, the founder of Zuisen Distillery Co., Ltd. There was a gushing fountain in the middle of stone steps which head to the 2nd gate of Shuri Castle. The official name of the fountain is "Zuisen." However, water came out of a hole which was designed as a head of dragon, so it is also known as "Ryuhi." Water that flows from the fountain was very clear, and there were a few epitaphs around the fountain.
By the way, Mr. Kyan was born as the third son of a Awamori Maker (allowed only for certain artisan) in one of Sanka, Sakiyama. When he reached adulthood, and became an independent distiller, he read phrases on epitaphs of "Zuisen."
”Chuzan daiichi”: This fountain contains the best quantity and quality of water in Chuzan district.
"Gen-en ryucho": If the spring is located far away, the stream is long. This is an expression on unlimited water.
"Hisen Sougyoku":Clear water splashes out from the fountain like a drop of water.
"Reimyaku ryuhun": Water fountain of good sense there is a good scent: "Fen pulsating spirit.";
He was inspired by these phrases on epitaphs. He aimed to produce sake which is clear and mellow as this clear fountain, and wished that the traditional way of producing Awamori would be developed and inherited from generation to generation. This is the reason why he named his Awamori brand "Zuisen".
||Zuisen Distillery Co., Ltd.
||1-35 Sakiyama-cho Shuri, Naha City Okinawa
||Awamori manufacturing industry
||From Shuri Castle an 8-minute walk
||There is a parking lot
"Zuisen the greatest awamori Created by the Ryukyu dynasty"
Founded in 1887, Zuisen Distillery Co., Ltd. produces and sells Ryukyu Awamori.
Since the distillery is located next to Shuri Castle, which is known as World Heritage site, many visitors visit us every day.
Awamori is considered as the oldest distilled liquor in Japan. It is made from rice and koji mold, and its history started from back in the 15th century, during Ryukyu Kingdom era. We focus on producing products in a traditional way of creating Awamori that has been succeeded here in Shuri.
Awamori, like whisky and brandy, changes to a smoother and more fragrantly beautiful liquor by aging it for a long period of time. Its elegant aroma and smooth taste are highly valued. During the Ryukyu Kingdom era, Couth was so rare that only nobles were able to drink it.