THE TRADITION OF AWAMORI
The Spirit of the RYUKYU Kingdom, now known as Okinawa; Awamori owes its existence to Okinawa's trading history and Okinawas central location on trade routes between Japan, China, Taiwan and neighboring countries. As Okinawa was very open to the influx of different cultures and ingredients at this time, Awamori is the result of a cultural fusion. It originates from the Thai drink Lao Khao and Indica Rice, its main ingredient also comes from Thailand. The Okinawans refined the distillation process, incorporating techniques to make it more suitable for the subtropical climate and incorporating the unique local black Koji mold.
From the 15th to 19th century, Awamori was sent as a tribute to Okinawa's powerful neighbors, China, and Japan. One thing that makes Ryukyu 1429 authentic Awamori especially unique is the fact that, outside of a few technological innovations, very little has changed in its production since its inception several hundred years ago. It is inextricably linked to the culture and traditions of Okinawa.
Awamori is known to be the oldest spirit distilled in Japan, even the world, with a distillation history that exceeds Vodka, Whiskey or Gin.