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October 9, 2009

Is Choya any good?

choyaThe other day, I spotted a bottle of Choya Umeshu in my local liquor store.

Ever seen this stuff? After some intense Internet research (Googling, mostly), I discovered that Choya is Japanese plum liqueur. 

In fact, this particular bottle of Choya had little round thingys floating in the bottom of it. They must have been plums.

So my question is: Have you ever tried this stuff? What's it like? 

It's not that expensive. I'm tempted to try some.

(Photo by me)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:00 AM | | Comments (9)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


I've never had it, but don't expect it to be like that sickening sweet plum wine they used to serve in Chinese places. Ume are bitter green plums very popular in Japan. I think they have some magical property like making you fly, but maybe I made that up.

forget this stuff and go for the soho lychee liquor. make some lychee martinis.


Are sussing out test subjects or Guinea pigs who've tried this before you risk sampling this yourself?

I mean, I'm not going to turn down someone who offers to try it for me. But I'm still probably going to try it myself in the near future, GDA. Why, have you tried it?

I know they serve Choya plum wine at Joss Cafe in Annapolis and it is so tasty!

I have a few of the single shots versions in the wine chiller (relax, it's too small capacity to be snobby). It's pretty good, and as Owl Gaijin says, it was not sickeningly sweet.

I first tried is on my honeymoon in that noted Japanese tourist destination, the Japanese pavillion in the enchanted land of Epcot.

The plums are ok, but not a great flesh-to-pit ratio for the single shot size. The plums from larger size were awesome.


I've not sampled it, or yet seen it. This is the first I've heard of it.

I had it a long time ago and enjoyed it.

Bonus: the bottle is great. Very reusable because it's so easy to wash.


I've not sampled it, or yet seen it. This is the first I've heard of it.

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