Katsuyama, Ken, Junmai Ginjo

The 11th Chief operator, previous generation, studied and created this sake as the concept “sake for dinner” in order to match eastern and western cuisine well. Junmai Ginjo that was developed during 2 generations is sophisticated medium body. This sake features fullness of gentle flavor recalling melon and smooth taste. It starts of neat and refreshing savories expand to good length. It won the first place at “SAKE COMPETITON” in the category of Junmai-Ginjo in succession for 2 years. It’s the biggest examination commission of sake tasting in Japan (the world) selecting the top level sake in Japan!

Toyo Bijin, Ippo, A step forward, Yamada Nishiki

While the initial clean-up and rebuilding process was still underway, Head Brewer Sumikawa was already undertaking the first steps back from the brink, courting the so-called ‘king of sake rice’ in the form of the Yamada Nishiki variant. Without declaring it on the label, this is daiginjio-grade in the junmai style, having undergone a grain polish of 50%, no filtration, and a single pasteurization. In accordance with the brewery ethos, the look is virtually indistinguishable from the pure water that imbued the original rice stalks, presenting a white-grape aroma, supple, almost fluffy mouthfeel, and gentle but lengthy finish, lingering on the palate.

Emishiki, Kijoshu, Monsoon

The resolve of the brewer in cultivating a new age in sake production and consumption is reflected in all aspects of this product, from bottle and label designs to their contents. Without exaggeration, the flagship of the Emishiki brand is a masterpiece, using the kijoshu method – whereby special, partly-fermented sake is used instead of water – to deliver a rich profile packed with notes of vanilla and chocolate within a resounding but clean sweetness.