- Mie (三重)
- Rice type
- Yamada Nishiki (山田錦)
- Polishing rate (semaibuai)
- Alcohol content
Gensaka Sakaya Hachibe Junmai Daiginjō (酒屋八兵衛純米大吟醸 山田錦) has a clear crystal colour with a hint of green, with rich aromas of green apple and banana with mineral notes, and fresh blue impressions of olive and bamboo. The palate is full, round and sweet, with a sharp bitterness at the back of the mouth and a long finish. It is recommended to drink at a cool temperature in wine glasses. Gensaka recommends pairing it with gentle dishes such as simmered turnip and deep-fried tofu, sweet red bean paste, and fish roe, such as ikura pickled in soy sauce.
About the brewery
- Gensaka Shuzō
- Name in Japanese
- 346-2 Yanagihara, Odai, Taki-gun, Mie 519-2422
元坂酒造株式会社｜酒屋 八兵衛｜元坂酒造 清酒 酒屋 八兵衛のホームページへようこそ. 三重の造り酒屋。お酒は幻の酒米伊勢錦を使用しております。伝統と新しい味温故知新の精神でおいしい酒をお届けします。www.gensaka.com
The company's most famous brand, Sakaya Hachibei (酒屋八兵衛), takes its name from Gensaka Hachibei, the brewery's founder. Most of the rice used to brew this sake is grown locally in Mie Prefecture. The only rice varieties from outside Mie Prefecture that the company uses are Gohyakumangoku rice from Nanto, Toyama Prefecture and Omachi rice from Okayama Prefecture. Around 60% of the company's sake is sold within Mie Prefecture. It is not only available at restaurants and bars but also at hotels and souvenir shops in areas that are popular with tourists, such as Ise-Shima, which was the location for the 2016 G7 Summit. The remaining 40% is distributed outside Mie by shops that specialize in craft sakes. Annual production currently stands at around 900 koku (approx. 162,351 litres). A total of five people are engaged in sake brewing: company president Gensaka Arata, managing director Gensaka Shinpei, and three full-time employees.