Aged: No age statement
Product of: South Africa
It is the opera singing son of this wasabi cultivating couple who we have to thank for creating this wasabi spirit in 1996. Namida is made in small batches of 6,000 litres by triple distilling grain neutral alcohol with wasabi rhizomes grown in New Zealand by Julien’s parents. Distillation now takes place in South Africa, perhaps as a direct result of the mustard gas released by the wasabi blowing up the still of the first Kiwi distiller.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 23/01/2012
(batch 002, bot No. 1071) Clear, pale wasabi green.
Formidable, clean, wasabi, horseradish nose.
The promised wasabi flavoured palate also has the rhizome’s heat, though not overpoweringly so.
Long, not entirely pleasant finish with lingering bitter, rooty flavours. One for mixing in Bloody Marys rather that sipping.