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Gekkeikan Hatsushibori Shinshu Iwaimai Daiginjō

Gekkeikan Hatsushibori Shinshu Iwaimai Daiginjō is made of Iwai rice milled to 50%. Hatsushibori is the first sake brewed and pressed at the beginning of the brewing season. It is undiluted and comes with the gorgeous aroma of fresh sake.
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Sake specs

Prefecture
Kyōto (京都)
Rice type
Iwaimai (祝米)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
50%
Alcohol content
17%
Gekkeikan Hatsushibori Shinshu Iwaimai Daiginjō (初しぼり新酒 祝米 大吟醸)

Gekkeikan Hatsushibori Shinshu Iwaimai Daiginjō (初しぼり新酒 祝米 大吟醸) is made of Iwai rice milled to 50%. Hatsushibori (初しぼり) is the first sake brewed and pressed at the beginning of the brewing season. It is undiluted and comes with the gorgeous aroma of fresh sake. Recommended to drink chilled. Only available in November and December.

The Iwai (祝, "celebration") rice variety was cultivated for the first time in Kyōto in 1933. Sake brewers treasured it for its excellent flavour, but post-war food shortages prevented its commercialisation. Briefly revived in 1955, Iwai proved challenging to grow due to its long culms and their tendency to bend and break. Recultivated in 1988, Iwai rice was reintroduced to sake brewing in 1992.

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About the brewery

Brewery
Gekkeikan Brewery
Name in Japanese
月桂冠
Address
247 Minamihamachō, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto, 612-8043
Phone
075-623-2056
Website
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Gekkeikan Sake Brewery (月桂冠株式会社) is located in Fushimi, Kyōto, a location well-known for its high quality of water, and was founded in 1637 by Ōkura Jiemon (大倉治右衛門). In 1905, the brand name Gekkeikan ("crown of laurel") was adopted as the company's formal pledge to perfection. It is one of the world's oldest companies and is a member of the Hénokiens. Nowadays, Gekkeikan, one of Japan's most popular brands, is run by Ōkura Haruhiko (大倉治彦) in the 14th generation. Gekkeikan's North American subsidiary, Gekkeikan Sake (USA), Inc., is located in Folsom, CA, and has a market share of 25% in the US sake market. Gekkeikan had been the leading sake manufacturer for several decades until Hakutsuru Shuzō overtook it in 2002.

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Colour / hue
Pale Yellow
Clarity
Clear
I'd never heard of Iwaimai (祝米), a rice variety native to Kyoto revived in the late 1980s/early 1990s. Gekkeikan's Hatsushibori Daiginjo is crafted of Iwai exclusively, resulting in a wonderfully fruity and gentle sake: fruity nose, sweet flavour with hints of apple, medium-dry and moderately sour, refreshing finish with a spicy tingle. This sake is seasonal; make sure to grab a bottle in November or December.

Gekkeikan Hatsushibori Shinshu Daiginjo

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Category
Daiginjō
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Reviews
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Rating
4.00 star(s) 1 ratings
Location
〒612-8043 京都府京都市伏見区南浜町247

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