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Doug Daulton
21st February 2006, 18:54
While researching an article on "forbidden drinks" for a friend, I came a cross a great "Stars and Stripes" article about the uniquely Okinawan drink called "Habu Sake". Awamori in general is wonderful, the habu version will knock one on one's keister. :D

Enjoy!

LINK: Okinawa’s potent habu sake packs healthy punch, poisonous snake [Stars and Stripes - July 22, 2001] (http://ww2.pstripes.osd.mil/01/mag/sm072201c.html)

GojuMaster
22nd February 2006, 18:45
Doug,

Thanks for that. I certainly enjoyed Awamori while I was there, but I never got up the nerve to try the Habu version.

Russ


While researching an article on "forbidden drinks" for a friend, I came a cross a great "Stars and Stripes" article about the uniquely Okinawan drink called "Habu Sake". Awamori in general is wonderful, the habu version will knock one on one's keister. :D

Enjoy!

LINK: Okinawa’s potent habu sake packs healthy punch, poisonous snake [Stars and Stripes - July 22, 2001] (http://ww2.pstripes.osd.mil/01/mag/sm072201c.html)

Prince Loeffler
29th March 2006, 06:44
Has anyone here tried this "heavenly " Drink ? :)

bakaboy
29th March 2006, 06:49
I have drank some and even made a bottle with my teacher. It really tastes like there is a dead animal in the bottom of your drink.

James East

Prince Loeffler
29th March 2006, 06:51
I have drank some and even made a bottle with my teacher. It really tastes like there is a dead animal in the bottom of your drink.

James East


I thought there was a dead anilmal in the bottom of this drink.. :) How is the buzz factor ? :)

Charlie Mc.
29th March 2006, 07:06
I tried this when i was in Japan. The stuff that I tried was pretty good actually. Potent though. I only did a coupla shots, some of my friends did more and it really floored them.

On a side note there is a Korean version of this using a cobra and soju.

Prince Loeffler
29th March 2006, 07:25
I tried this when i was in Japan. The stuff that I tried was pretty good actually. Potent though. I only did a coupla shots, some of my friends did more and it really floored them.

On a side note there is a Korean version of this using a cobra and soju.


What"s a Soju ?

Charlie Mc.
29th March 2006, 07:46
A korean liquor distilled from rice. It is generally clear with very little taste, which is what makes it deadly. You can mix it with stuff and hardly tast it.

Prince Loeffler
29th March 2006, 07:58
A korean liquor distilled from rice. It is generally clear with very little taste, which is what makes it deadly. You can mix it with stuff and hardly tast it.


Thanks ! I wonder Habu is sold here in the US...Hmmm

hyaku
29th March 2006, 08:49
Japanese pronunciation is Shochu. I think it's Habu Shochu they are showing, not sake. The Japanese preferred drink is shochu not sake. Distilled from rice, wheat, or potatoes they drink it with hot water. Personally I prefer Jinro Korean Soju.

Try fresh Suppon blood in sake for something different.

http://homepage3.nifty.com/japrep/kame/suppon/photo/suppon2.jpg

http://www.flickr.com/photos/osakajon/96449972/

Prince Loeffler
29th March 2006, 09:03
Japanese pronunciation is Shochu. I think it's Habu Shochu they are showing, not sake. The Japanese preferred drink is shochu not sake. Distilled from rice, wheat, or potatoes they drink it with hot water. Personally I prefer Jinro Korean Soju.

Try fresh Suppon blood in sake for something different.

http://homepage3.nifty.com/japrep/kame/suppon/photo/suppon2.jpg

http://www.flickr.com/photos/osakajon/96449972/


Oy ! Something tells me when I visit japan, I'd be drinking bottled spring water :D

Todd Lambert
29th March 2006, 16:58
Japanese pronunciation is Shochu. I think it's Habu Shochu they are showing, not sake. The Japanese preferred drink is shochu not sake. Distilled from rice, wheat, or potatoes they drink it with hot water. Personally I prefer Jinro Korean Soju.

Try fresh Suppon blood in sake for something different.

http://homepage3.nifty.com/japrep/kame/suppon/photo/suppon2.jpg

http://www.flickr.com/photos/osakajon/96449972/
Shochu is the liquour specific to Kyushu, the southernmost of the four main islands of Japan. Generally brewed from barley these days, there are also varieties made from rice, a blend of barley and rice, and a potato type too. It's origins are in Korea, and that version is know as Soju (generally a rice/barley blend). More info to be found at the excellent SakeWorld.com (http://www.sake-world.com/html/shochu-awamori.html).

Andrew S
29th March 2006, 21:50
As an aside, mainland Japan has a drink, mamushi-shu, which is a different kind of venemous snake in shochu.

Prince Loeffler
29th March 2006, 21:54
As an aside, mainland Japan has a drink, mamushi-shu, which is a different kind of venemous snake in shochu.

I also heard from a student who was stationed in Okinawa that some of the Okinawan Beers have "dead" rats in their Vat ? Please tell me it ain't so :D

nate landry
5th April 2006, 05:16
oooh this sounds exotic. the wife and i are going to okinawa next year to visit her friend who married an okinawan guy. i'll have to insist on trying it. she loves awamori, so it should not be too difficult.

Soulend
22nd April 2006, 20:16
I've drank Habu-sake many more times than I should have, both in mainland Japan and Okinawa. It's pretty strong and horrible, and sells mainly due to the "Oh cool, I'm drinking something with a poisonous snake in it!" factor.

In AZ they had something similar with a rattlesnake in it...a tradition in the SNCO club. You actually got a certificate if you could drink a shot of it and lick the inside of the glass so thoroughly that when set afire the flame inside the glass would burn no more than 10 seconds.

Prince Loeffler
22nd April 2006, 20:19
I've drank Habu-sake many more times than I should have, both in mainland Japan and Okinawa. It's pretty strong and horrible, and sells mainly due to the "Oh cool, I'm drinking something with a poisonous snake in it!" factor.

In AZ they had something similar with a rattlesnake in it...a tradition in the SNCO club. You actually got a certificate if you could drink a shot of it and lick the inside of the glass so thoroughly that when set afire the flame inside the glass would burn no more than 10 seconds.


I would love to see the show Fear Factor have contestants drink 5 shots and have them jump off the helicopter into a speeding boat.

So did you get a certificate ? :)