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Hakkaisan Tokubetsu Honjozo

Hakkaisan's Tokubetsu Honjōzō is a classic sake with a very refreshing character. Smooth and mellow, it can be enjoyed warm or chilled.

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Sake specs

Prefecture
Niigata (新潟)
Rice type
Gohyakumangoku (五百万石)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
55%
Alcohol content
15.5%
SMV
+4.0
Acidity
1.0
Amino acid level
1.2
Hakkaisan's Tokubetsu Honjōzō (八海山 特別本醸造) is a classic sake with a very refreshing character. Smooth and mellow, it can be enjoyed warm or chilled. When gently heated, its delicate aroma comes to life.

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About the brewery

Brewery
Hakkaisan Co. Ltd.
Name in Japanese
八海醸造株式会社
Address
Nagamori 1051, Minami Uonuma City, Niigata
Phone
025–775-3121
Website
Hakkaisan Brewery is located in Minami-Uonuma, Niigata, one of Japan's premier and most famous sake brewing regions, and was founded in 1922. The brewery derives its name from Mount Hakkai (八海山), a sacred mountain that is part of the Echigo Sanzan (越後三山) mountain range, the spring of the clear waters of the Haikkaisan river system. Hakkaisan represents local sake tradition in Niigata and produces sake, shochu, plum brandy, beer (Rydeen Beer), whisky and mirin (cooking sake). In 2013, Timothy Sullivan, the founder of Urban Sake, was appointed brand ambassador of Hakkaisan.

Latest reviews

Excellent kanzake!
Colour / hue
Pale Yellow
Clarity
Clear
This is the fourth or fifth time we have bought Hakkaisan's Tokubetsu Junmai, but it was the first time we heated it. It is well-suited for kanzake; when heated, it develops an impeccably smooth and savoury character without being too spicy.
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Colour / hue
Pale Yellow
Clarity
Clear
Hakkaisan is one of the most prominent breweries in Japan and its honjozo is famous among those who enjoy their sake "karakuchi" (dry). Surprisingly mellow, light and palatable, it has an unintrusive, yet elegant finish and can be paired with almost any kind of dishes. We had it chilled, though the brewery also suggests serving it "atsukan".
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Comments

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We revisited Hakkaisan's Tokubetsu Junmai, and while the label is different (it's an Aeon label), it's the same brew. Our rating remains the same, just a few additional notes: very refreshing and fruity nose (grapes, resins, with a hint of chocolate), dry, well-balanced, and moderately sweet. Smooth finish, little acidity. Very palatable.
 
It seems we bought the Hakkaisan Tokubetsu Junmai again "by accident". However, it's not really an accident, as this straightforward sake is always a delight. :)


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