The Japanese Bitters Umami
Staff Pick

The Japanese Bitters Umami

Item # 42293
$41.96/ Single Bottle
$503.52/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

Umami, the famed fifth taste that is notoriously difficult to define is perhaps most revered in Japan and it comes to life in these exquisite bitters from Yuki Yamazaki. Like a great broth, the bitters are deep, savory, invigorating and complex while retaining an impressive cohesiveness and balance.

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Staff Pick Notes

Bitters are often described as the seasoning of the spirit world. With the range of flavors these days, it's a veritable spice rack. The newest addition to our shelves are Japan's first-ever bitters. The lineup comes from Yuki Yamazaki, a veteran bartender, who makes all of these in small batches at a facility in Tokyo’s Chiba prefecture, but sources his ingredients from all over Japan. Umami is one of Japanese cuisine's signature flavors and in bitters form it's a powerhouse of flavor. You'll find kelp, bonito flakes, and dried shiitake mushrooms with a hint of yuzu. It brings an earthiness to any savory cocktail and works to enhance a cocktail’s flavors not unlike salt in cooking. The possibilities are endless.


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