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Fukumitsuya Kuro Obi Yūyū Tokubetsu Junmai

Fukumitsuya Kuro Obi Yūyū Tokubetsu Junmai has a perfect balance of richness, puffiness, sharpness and refinement achieved by using Yamadanishiki and Kinmonnishiki and batting the independent flavours together rather than blending them.
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Sake specs

Prefecture
Ishikawa (石川)
Rice type
Yamada Nishiki (山田錦)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
68%
Alcohol content
15%
SMV
+6
Acidity
1.6
Fukumitsuya Kuro Obi Yūyū Tokubetsu Junmai (黒帯 悠々 特別純米 福光屋)

Fukumitsuya Kuro Obi Yūyū Tokubetsu Junmai (黒帯 悠々 特別純米 福光屋) is an imposing sake. Trained and nurtured by numerous food artisans, including long-established restaurants in Kanazawa, Kuro Obi ("Black Belt") is recognised by many food and sake connoisseurs for its delicious and light taste. The perfect balance of richness, puffiness, sharpness, and refinement is achieved by using Yamadanishiki and Kinmonnishiki as the sake rice and batting the independent flavours together rather than blending them. The taste is further mellowed by slow maturation, which deepens its flavour while bringing out the deliciousness of the accompaniments.

In the past, a distinguished guest visited Fukumitsuya many times, accompanied by a literary figure, in search of good sake and food. His name was Yoshida Kenichi (吉田 健一, 1912-1977), a scholar of English literature. Known as a gourmet and sake lover, Yoshida wrote a passage about "Kuro Obi," a sake for advanced sake connoisseurs containing the ultimate proposition about sake. Born in Tokyo as the eldest son of former Prime Minister Yoshida Shigeru. After graduating from Cambridge University in the UK, he became a scholar of English literature, working on translations, literary criticism, novels, essays, etc. Known as a gourmet and sake lover, he often visited Kanazawa for good sake and food. On those occasions, he also visited Fukumitsuya and enjoyed a drinking party. His representative works include "Kanazawa," "The End of the Century in Europe," and "The Taste and the Drums."

Kuro Obi is a sake to be warmed up. This is why it is known as the "king of heated sake" (燗の王者 Kan no ōja).


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About the brewery

Brewery
Fukumitsuya Brewery
Name in Japanese
福光屋
Address
2-8-3 Ishibiki, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0935
Phone
076-223-1161
Website
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Fukumitsuya Sake Brewery is located in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture. It was founded in 1625. The culture of Kanazawa flourished during the Edo period when the capital of Kaga Province became famous for its craftsmanship in kimono, gold beating, lacquer craft and ceramics. The town, surrounded by the sea and mountains, also enjoyed a rich food culture. Today, it is known as a modern city with a history of old traditional Japanese culture appreciated to this day. Fukumitsuya is known as a junmai-gura, a brewery specialising in junmai sake.

The Kagatobi label (加賀鳶) derives from the firefighters of Kaga (modern-day Ishikawa Prefecture) who served at the domain's Edo residence. They conveyed an image of strength and resilience and were highly skilled but short-tempered, qualities that made them popular among the population of Edo. Kagatobi is made of high-quality sake rice and the local groundwater; its variety of tastes is reminiscent of the Kaga firefighters.

Latest reviews

Colour / hue
Gold
Clarity
Clear
Fukumitsuya's Kuro Obi presents an exquisite bouquet reminiscent of dried fruits and narazuke with a hint of sweetness. It reveals a rich and profound character, balanced by a dry and subtly acidic palate. The quintessential spicy and robust aroma of Junmai is evident, leading to a dry flavour profile yet carries a touch of sweetness. Given the season, we only tried it chilled and at room temperature. It is when warmed that it's supposed to show its true colours.

The epitome of traditional sake.

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Appearance: clear and golden
Nose: clean and medium
Aroma: dried fruits, narazuke pickles
Sweetness: off-dry
Acidity: medium
Umami: medium
Alcohol: medium
Body: medium
Flavour intensity: medium+
Flavour characteristics: fruity (dried fruits)
Texture: smooth, creamy
Finish: lingering, slightly bitter, sour tingle
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Category
Tokubetsu Junmai
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Views
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Reviews
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Last update
Rating
4.00 star(s) 1 ratings
Location
〒920-0935 石川県金沢市石引2丁目8−3

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