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Classic Senkin Kamenoo

Classic Senkin Kamenoo is made of Yamadanishiki rice (kōjimai, milled to 50%) and Kamenoo rice (kakemai, milled to 60%). It is a muroka, an unfiltered sake.
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Prefecture
Tochigi (栃木)
Rice type
Kame no O (亀の尾)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
60%
Alcohol content
16%
Classic Senkin Kamenoo (クラシック仙禽 亀の尾)

Classic Senkin Kamenoo (クラシック仙禽 亀の尾) is made of Yamadanishiki rice (kōjimai, milled to 50%) and Kamenoo rice (kakemai, milled to 60%). It is a muroka, an unfiltered sake. Kamenoo is one of the few pure rice strains left in Japan and the unique rice among the three types of rice Senkin uses. Kamenoo has feminine yet wild features. It is challenging rice to brew sake, and Senkin brews it full of respect. Classic Senkin Kamenoo displays well-balanced flavours and rich aromatics supported by a strong mineral backbone, accented by hints of lychee and cranberry in the aftertaste. A touch of sweetness and refined acidity spreads in the mouth.

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2024 edition:

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Senkin Brewery Tochigi

About the brewery

Brewery
Senkin Brewery
Name in Japanese
株式会社 せんきん
Address
106 Baba, Sakura, Tochigi Prefecture 329-1321
Phone
028-681-0011
Website
Senkin Brewery is based in Sakura City, Tochigi Prefecture and was founded in 1806. It is now run by brothers Usui Kazuki and Masato in the 11th generation, who work as brewers and tōji. Senkin prides itself on using only rice grown within five minutes of its brewery (Yamada Nishiki, Ōmachi, Kame-no-o) and therefore employ the concept of "domaine" for their sake. Senkin's products have been described as fruitier and lighter than other sake. Senkin produces its sake in small batches: genshu (undiluted sake), muroka (unfiltered), and namazake (unpasteurised).

Latest reviews

Colour / hue
Pale Yellow
Clarity
Clear
After almost two years, we revisited the Classic Senkin Kamenoo: it presents a clear and pale-lemon appearance and a clean and gentle nose of medium intensity. It exudes a sweet and gentle aroma reminiscent of custard cream and pudding. It leans towards dryness on the palate with a medium to high acidity and low umami, balanced by a medium alcohol level. The body is light, and the flavour intensity is medium, showcasing floral-fruity notes and mineral elements with a subtle sweetness. The texture is light and crisp, leaving a medium finish with lingering acidity. Overall, the sake offers a very crisp and refreshing experience, with a slight effervescence that tickles the senses.

Classic Senkin Kamenoo
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Colour / hue
Pale Yellow
Clarity
Clear
Senkin produces a lot of seasonal sake (so-called limited editions), but their main lines are the "Classic" and the "Modern". Both lines come in black (Yamadanishiki), red (Kame-no-o), and blue (Omachi) labels, depending on what sake rice is used. What differentiates the two series is the production method: "Classic" uses the traditional kimoto method (生酛仕込み) of cultivating without adding lactic acid bacteria, resulting in rich sake quality, while "Modern" is based on the shikomi method (速醸酛仕込み) in which lactic acid bacteria are used to craft light sake (it's also safer and more efficient). Interestingly, Senkin calls the black label in both series muku (無垢, "innocence"), referring to the fact that Yamadanishiki is the best sake rice and an "innocent", "pure" standard for sake brewing. Senkin uses 100% Yamadanishiki for the black label, but 80% of either Kame-no-o or Omachi for kakemai (that's the rice used to create the sake mash, the moromi) and 20% Yamadanishiki for the kōjimai.

The Kamenoo has a spicy fragrance with fruity hints of melon. My wife compared the flavour to "cementine," a Japanese brand of glue, and she wasn't wrong. The first sip reveals fantastic fireworks of sweetness and refreshing citric acidity. There is a tiny bit of effervescence. The finish is clean, with a slight tingle.

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Category
Junmai Ginjō
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Views
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Reviews
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Rating
4.00 star(s) 2 ratings
Location
〒329-1321 栃木県さくら市馬場106

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