Awamori is the treasured spirit of the ancient RYUKYU Kingdom of Japan. This small cluster of islands is now known as Okinawa, but the 600+ year old spirit continues to play an integral role in the culture. Awamori owes its existence in part to Okinawa's rich trading history; Its central location on trade routes between Japan, China, Taiwan and neighboring countries made the kingdom a vibrant melting pot of cultures and flavours. Awamori is a beautiful result of this cultural fusion. It originates from the Thai drink Lao Khao and its main ingredient, indica rice, also hails from Thailand. The Okinawans refined the distillation process and created something uniquely and beautifully representative of the Ryukyu Kingdom.