Awamori distillers celebrate Ku-su Day
Today’s a big day in the awamori world, as the Okinawa Awamori Distillers Association Youth Group begins a week of celebrating the best of awamori. Today is Ku-su Day, with September = ‘9’ which is pronounced ‘kyu’ or ‘ku’ in Japanese, and ‘4’ being pronounced ‘shi’, but sounds nearly ‘su’. So ‘9-4’ is ‘ku-su’ Day! That’s what they made it.
Okinawa Awamori Distillers Association Youth Group is commemorating Ku-su Day for about a week starting today. Being widely known for Awamori, ‘Ku-su ’ means matured Awamori. Ku-su is currently defined to be only alcohol that contains at least three-year-old or more Awamori in order to be called Ku-su. Generally, more older, more smooth and tasty, a committed person can track down Ku-su up to 40 years old Awamori at select places on the island, but older that 40’s, it is not easy to find, and very expensive even if you do find it. If the searcher is lucky to find it, he’s even luckier because the Ku-su is very very smooth and kind of sweet.
Why isn’t there much older Awamori? It is because of World War II, when many awamori distillers in Okinawa had their production facilities demolished. To celebrate the taste of Ku-su, the Okinawa Awamori Distillers Association Youth Group will be holding an event at five of izakayas or bars from north, to the middle and south of the Island, including the Naha, Miyako – Yaeyama districts in order to promote Ku-su. The Okinawa Awamori Distillers Association is scheduled to serve Ku-su at some places and celebrate with a countdown. This will be the second event since last year. The chief of the Okinawa Awamori Distillers Association Youth Group, Nakazato says, “It tastes milder and has a deeper flavor as it matures. We would be glad for many people to make a toast with Ku-su and enjoy it.”