We first met Ann Soh Woods, co-founder of Kikori Whiskey, at the Cocktails and Conversations event at The Ambrose Hotel a few weeks ago. We can count on one hand the number of women we’ve met who own spirits companies, so when there’s a chance to speak with a girl who broke into the boy’s club, we get excited.
Kikori Whiskey (Photo Credit: Christine Chang)
Kikori Whiskey is a Japanese, rice-based whiskey made on the island of Kyushu in southern Japan. For those who understand the important role that terroir plays in the final product, Kikori is produced with rice from fields anchored in volcanic soil, earth that has lent itself to this particular crop for over two millenniums. After the distillation process, the whiskey is aged for three years in oak barrels to pull in one more note of flavor before being bottled and distributed worldwide.