Oka Kura Sake Vermouth 'Japanese Bermutto' | Tortoise General Store
Oka Kura Sake Vermouth 'Japanese Bermutto' | Tortoise General Store
Oka Kura Sake Vermouth 'Japanese Bermutto' | Tortoise General Store
Oka Kura Sake Vermouth 'Japanese Bermutto' | Tortoise General Store

Oka Kura Sake Vermouth 'Japanese Bermutto'

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This product is available for in-store pickup or shipping to California only.

$10 extra for signature required shipment and handling fee will be charged at check out.

Oka Kura Bermutto is fruity on the nose and yeasty with notes of grapefruit, peach, guava, lavender, and plum. On the palate, the sake base is immediately evident with notes of rice, yeast, and faint plum. Yuzu and sansho peppercorn brighten things up, while an undercurrent of yomogi provides earthy grapefruit from beginning to end.

Brewery: Tsutsumi Distillery
Region: Kumamoto
Rice: Akita Sake Komachi Rice
Alcohol: 18%
Serve: Chilled, on the rocks with a citrus garnish or in a cocktail



Produced at the legendary Tsutsumi Shuzo, which has been producing shochu in the Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu, Japan, for nearly 150 years, Oka Kura Bermutto is an aromatized sake fortified with shochu. Bermutto, a Japanese phonetic spelling of vermouth, is a uniquely Japanese interpretation of the classic fortified wine. The parallels are obvious—both begin with a low-proof, fermented alcoholic beverage which is then bittered with wormwood, flavored with citrus and herbs, and finally fortified with a distillate. But while vermouth is built around a base of wine and typically fortified with a neutral distillate, Oka Kura Bermutto is made from Junmai sake and fortified with 100% rice shochu.

Sake producers have a long history of adding botanicals to their products, much like wines such as vermouth and quinquina have been aromatized. In that same tradition, Oka Kura fortifies their aromatized sakes with shochu, just as vermouths are fortified. Bermutto uses yomogi, a Japanese mugwort, as its primary bittering agent in addition to the Japanese citrus fruits yuzu and kabosu, and sansho peppercorn, a citrusy peppercorn which produces a mouth-numbing effect.

Rice, water, yeast, koji, yomogi, yuzu, kabosu, sansho peppercorn


Serving Instructions:
Serve chilled.

All sake is final sale.

All alcohol shipments require an adult signature. Please ship your package where someone over 21 can sign for it.

We are not responsible for heat-related issues, and we do not offer ice packs because melting ice packs can compromise the integrity of cardboard boxes in transit, risking damage to your package. Please consider the weather when placing your order, especially during the summer.