Full Course Details

Course Prerequisites

  • None

Course Date & Time

  • July 16, 2018
  • 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Exam)

Course Overview

  • 8 Hours
  • History of Shochu
  • Ingredients of Shochu
  • Production Methods
  • Reading Shochu Labels
  • Serving Shochu
  • Shochu Tasting Session


  • 1 Hour
  • 100 Multiple Choice Questions
  • Passing Score: 75
Shochu Kanji Shochu pour

Shochu Tastings

Kakushigura, Kintaro, Shiro Tsukushi, Kuro Tsukushi, Hakutake Shiro, Kinjo Shiro, Tomino Hozan, Satsuma Shiranami, Satsuma Kuro Shiranami, Jougo Kokuto, Shimauta Awamori, Iichiko Silhouette,Gankutsuoh Kome, Bennikko, Towari Soba, Takara Jun, Satsuma Hozan

****Products subject to change based on course location and availability.****

Course Location Information

New York Mutual Trading Inc.

Tel: 201-933-9555

77 Metro Way, Secaucus, NJ 07094

Note: Shuttle will be provided from Mutual Trading Kitchen in Manhattan at 7:15 am (711 3rd Ave., New York, NY 10017)

Shuttle Pick-up Location

MTC Kitchen

711 3rd Ave., New York, NY 10017

Note: Shuttle will be provided from Mutual Trading Kitchen in Manhattan at 7:00 am.










Instructor: Stephen Lyman

Official Cool Japan Ambassador for Honkaku Shochu
1st graduate of the SSA Certified Shochu Adviser’s Course (2015)
Certified Sake Adviser, Sake Service Institute
Production Assistant, Yamatozakura Shuzo, Kagoshima, Japan
Founder & Editor, www.kampai.us
Founder & Partner, Honkaku, LLC

Stephen discovered shochu at an izakaya in New York City before he’d ever been to Japan. Less than a decade later he’d become America’s leading expert on this traditional Japanese spirit, establishing the largest English language website for shochu information, Kampai.US. Since 2013 he’s worked every autumn at Yamatozakura, a handmade sweet potato shochu distillery in rural Kagoshima. In 2015 he became the first graduate of the Sake School of America’s Certified Shochu Adviser’s course, which he now teaches. He was subsequently tapped by the Japanese Sake and Shochu Makers Association (JSS) as their shochu consultant in New York City and on their behalf he’s spoken at venues ranging from the Consulate General of Japan to Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans to Japan Society in Manhattan. In 2016 he was named an official Cool Japan ambassador for honkaku (authentic) shochu. He’s also the co-founder of Honkaku, LLC, a full service shochu consulting service focused on assisting shochu makers with export and distribution worldwide. Stephen is a university professor in his spare time.