Gunma Izumi, Yamahai Junmai, Maikaze

Uniting a newly-developed local variety of rice, dubbed Maikaze, and the endemic Gunma 2 yeast strain, this limited-release is a true celebration of Gunma Prefecture. Produced in the yamahai style – a method that employs higher yeast concentration in the initial mash, forcing different strains to compete, and ensuring that only the strong survive – it presents a profoundly savory character and pronounced acidity at first, before broadening to offer notes of stewed strawberries. Beguiling in its deep flavor, without being cloying, and refreshing edge, it is eminently – perhaps too – drinkable.