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Sake Tanaka Kimoto Manutsuru Tokubetsu Junmai

A Tokubetsu Junmai produced of Kura no Hana rice in accordance with the traditional kimoto brewing technique.
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Item details

Brewery
Tanaka Brewery
Japanese name
田中酒造店
Sake type
Tokubetsu Junmai
Prefecture
Miyagi (宮城)
Rice type
Kura no Hana (蔵の華)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
60%
Alcohol content
15%
SMV
+2.0
Acidity
2.0
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The Tanaka Kimoto Manutsuru Tokubetsu Junmai (真鶴生モト特別純米酒) is produced of Kura no Hana (蔵の華), a shuzokotekimai (brewing rice) native to Miyagi Prefecture that was registered in 2000, polished down to 60%. For its Tokubetsu Junmai, Tanaka Shuzou employs the traditional kimoto method (see below). The rich kimoto flavour is enhanced when warmed as the moderate sourness emerges best when heated.

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About the brewery:

Tanaka Shuzōten (田中酒造店) is located in the Nakashinden area of the Kami District, Miyagi Prefecture, on a rich fertile plain, moistened with snow melting water from the Ōu Mountains (奥羽山脈), an area famous for its sake brewing. The brewery was founded by a dry goods dealer of the powerful Date clan, Tanaka Rinpei (田中林兵衛) in 1789. Tanaka Shuzōten implemented a variety of new initiatives in sake production, which resulted in a revival of kimoto brewing which lay dormant for some 67 years. The kimoto method poses quite a challenge even to experienced tōji (brewmaster) and was re-established by trial and error based on literature from the Edo period (1603-1868). Kimoto Junmai-shu is sake with good acidity, a firm taste, and a delicious flavour. After over a decade since the revival of the traditional method, Tanaka Shuzōten is the only brewery in Miyagi Prefecture employing the traditional method. Other initiatives include the Junmai Ginjō "Amane", a collaboration with a Japanese inn in Higashi-Naruko Onsen.

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Address
88-1 Nishimachi, Kami, Kami District, 981-4251, Miyagi Prefecture
Phone
0229-63-3005
Website

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"Hand-made" sake
Colour / hue
Pale Yellow
Clarity
Very clear
Intensity
Moderate
This Tokubetsu Junmai is produced following the Kimoto method, a traditional way of preparing the starter mash that involves using wooden poles to mix the mash. It has an intensive nose of boiled rice and koji with hints of caramel. A very complex taste paired with a light texture. Slightly spicy finish. One of the best Tokubetsu junmai we have had so far.
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Reviews
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Last update
Rating
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Location
〒981-4251 宮城県加美郡加美町字西町88-1

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