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Sake Yamanashi Meijo Shichiken Furinbizan Junmai

Top-class sake with the rice center-stage
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Item details

Brewery
Yamanashi Meijō Co., Ltd.
Japanese name
山梨銘醸株式会社
Sake type
Junmai
Prefecture
Yamanashi (山梨)
Rice type
Domestic rice (国産米)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
70%
Alcohol content
15%
SMV
n/a
Acidity
n/a
Amino acid level
n/a
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The Shichiken Furinbizan Junmai (七賢 風凛美山 純米) is named after the beauty of the nearby Mount Kaikoma. Hints of porridge with nectarine jam. Off-dry with refreshing acidity and texture like tweed. Very tidy but flavorful umami fills the mouth releasing oats and nuts before a dry finish. Delicious at any temperature but warm up to unleash even more flavour. The brewery recommends pairing it with yakitori, sauteed dishes, roast chicken or sardines.

Awards:

  • Platinum in Junmai category from Kura Master 2020
  • Prize in Junmai category from International Wine Challenge 2020 Sake
  • Gold in Junmai category and Great Value Sake Award from International Wine Challenge 2019 Sake
  • Platinum in Junmai Daiginjo category from Kura Master 2019
  • Prize in Junmai category from International Wine Challenge 2020 Sake
  • Silver in Junmai category from Sake Competition 2018
  • Bronze in Junmai category from International Wine Challenge 2017 Sake

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About the brewery:

Yamanashi Meijō Brewery is located in Hakushu-cho, Hokuto City in Yamanashi Prefecture. Hokuto is famous for its quiet greenery and natural beauty. Rain and snowmelt from Mount Kaikoma (甲斐駒ヶ岳 Kaikoma-ga-take) upstream seeps into the ground and is slowly polished over a long period of time by layers of granite. The resulting subsoil water is soft and clear. In this area, there are whiskey distilleries, mineral water factories, long-established Japanese confectionery stores, and confectionery manufacturers, all of which enjoy the rich blessings of local nature.

The brewery was founded in 1750 by Kitahara Ibei (北原伊兵衛), a descendant of the Kitahara family who had been brewing sake for generations in Shinshū (modern-day Nagano Prefecture). The name 'Shichiken' (七賢) was given to their sake in 1835 after the Lord of Takato Castle gave the brewery a pair of fanlights entitled "Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove" as a gift. The backroom of the main building, which was used by the Meiji Emperor as his temporary lodging during his visit in 1880, has been designated as a national heritage site and is open to the public along with the brewery. In recent years, the brewery has become popular as a tourist spot where visitors can spend a leisurely time, as it operates a restaurant that serves dishes using fermentation technology and a café that uses koji sugar, a sweetener made from rice malt.
Address
2283 Hakushucho Daigahara, Hokuto, Yamanashi 408-031
Phone
0551-352-236
Website

Latest reviews

Fruity with lotsa umami
Colour / hue
Pale Yellow
Clarity
Clear
Intensity
Moderate
The brewery calls it hints of porridge with nectarine jam; to me, it was grapes with sweetish overtones. It has a slight tartness to it and finishes with a dry and spicy endnote. So far, all the Shichiken we have tried were highly satisfactory.
thomas recommends this item.

Item information

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Last update
Rating
4.00 star(s) 1 ratings
Location
〒408-0312 山梨県北杜市白州町台ヶ原2283

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