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Hakushika Hanahiraku Ginjō Namazake

Kuromatsu Hakushika Hanahiraku Ginjō Namazake is fragrant, floral and refreshing, and the sweetness and umami spread richly in the mouth. This sake has a gentle, mellow mouthfeel and a refreshing aftertaste.
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Sake specs

Prefecture
Hyōgo (兵庫)
Rice type
Domestic rice (国産米)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
60%
Alcohol content
15%
SMV
+2
Acidity
1.3
Kuromatsu Hakushika Hanahiraku Ginjō Namazake (花ひらく 吟醸生酒)

Kuromatsu Hakushika Hanahiraku Ginjō Namazake (花ひらく 吟醸生酒) is carefully brewed over a long period and stored at cool temperatures in its unpasteurised state, waiting for the sweetness and umami to develop, resulting in a rich flavour. The aroma is fragrant, floral and refreshing, and the sweetness and umami spread richly in the mouth. This sake has a gentle, mellow mouthfeel and a refreshing aftertaste.

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2023 edition:

Hakushika Hanahiraku Ginjō Namazake 2023 (花ひらく 吟醸生酒) Hakushika Hanahiraku Ginjō Namazake 2023 (花ひらく 吟醸生酒) Hakushika Hanahiraku Ginjō Namazake 2023 (花ひらく 吟醸生酒) Hakushika Hanahiraku Ginjō Namazake 2023 (花ひらく 吟醸生酒)Hakushika Hanahiraku Ginjō Namazake 2023 (花ひらく 吟醸生酒) Hakushika Hanahiraku Ginjō Namazake 2023 (花ひらく 吟醸生酒)

About the brewery

Brewery
Tatsuuma Honke Shuzō
Name in Japanese
辰馬本家酒造
Address
2-10 Tateishichō, Nishinomiya, Hyōgo 662-0943
Phone
0798-32-2727
Website
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The brewery was founded in 1662 by Tatsuma Kichizaemon (辰屋吉左衛門) and produced under the label 'Hakushika'. 'Kuromatsu Hakushika' is its best-known line of products.

The Tatsuma family has owned the company (辰馬家) for generations. Along with the Kano family (嘉納財閥 Kano Zaibatsu) and the Yamamura family (山邑財閥 Yamamura Zaibatsu), the Tatsuma rank among the most prestigious sake brewers of Nada. After the war, the zaibatsu was dismantled, and the family focused on their brewery.

The brewery's Kuromatsu Hakushika Rokkounen Junmai Daiginjō V-1000 (超特撰黒松白鹿六光年純米大吟醸 V-1000) is astronomical, with a list price of over 100,000 JPY, the highest price tag attached to any sake on the market.

The name Hakushika (白鹿) is based on an old Chinese legend. Emperor Hsuan-Tsung (r. 712-756), known as the longest-reigning emperor during the culture-rich Tang Dynasty, found a white deer wandering in his palace gardens one day. Seeing that this rare and beautiful animal was adorned with a bronze medal indicating that the animal was 1000 years old, the emperor recognised this as an auspicious sign symbolising a long and prosperous life. The Japanese traditionally adopted the Chinese deer legend and regarded it as a sign of longevity. Tatsuuma-Honke chose Hakushika, a label representing its long history.

Tatsuuma-Honke is affiliated with Midori-kai (みどり会) and is part of the Sanwa Group (三和グループ).

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Last year's review still stands: fruity nose of apples, pears and hints of strawberry—well-rounded, smooth mouthfeel, with a sour tingle and a refreshing bitterness. Exquisite and highly recommended.

The 2023 label is based on an equilateral triangular scale pattern, with floral patterns developed from the scale pattern scattered around it, depicting an image of spring with various flowers in full bloom.

Hakushika Hanahiraku Ginjō Namazake 2023
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While we have always had a soft spot for Nada sake, this one is undoubtedly exquisite. Fruity nose of strawberries and apples. Very mild, with gentle acidity, not so subtle sweetness and lots of umami. Very calm and refreshing finish. We had it chilled; it loses its sweetness with rising temperature. We were very tempted to rate it five stars. :)
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Category
Ginjō
Added by
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Views
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Watchers
1
Reviews
2
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Rating
4.00 star(s) 2 ratings
Location
〒662-0943 兵庫県西宮市建石町2−10

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