Tired of your corporate job? So was Takeuchi-san, who livedin Nagoya and worked in a company supplying precision car parts to Toyota.Instead of jumping in front of a subway train, and leaving his family to pay the clean-up bill, as is common practice in Japan, he decided to make his own rum.
He set up a one man distillery in Shiga Prefecture in southern Japan. After ordering his pot still from Scotland he sourced brown sugar (not molasses or sugar cane due to its variability) from Okinawa and set about making rum in 2013.
Now he's releasing his first products. He still does everything by himself, although sometimes his wife helps him affix the labels to the bottles if he's very nice to her.
And... I have a bottle, the Nine Leaves Clear, the unaged version. It's bottled at 50 ABV so has quite a kick. It tastes unlike other rums. Somehow fruity and tropical, but different. Wonderful bouquet and a nice mouth feel followed by a harsh throat hit.
To celebrate Takeuchi-san's balls, I'll give the first three people who can tell me the Japanese term for "death through overworking"a shot for 50 RMB (normal price 80 RMB).