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Hanzō Tokubetsu Junmai Karakuchi

Hanzō Tokubetsu Junmai Karakuchi is dry with a mild aroma and a refreshing aftertaste.
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Sake specs

Prefecture
Mie (三重)
Rice type
Domestic rice (国産米)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
60%
Alcohol content
15%
SMV
+6
Acidity
1.8
Hanzō Tokubetsu Junmai Karakuchi (特別純米酒 半蔵 辛口)

Hanzō Tokubetsu Junmai Karakuchi (特別純米酒 半蔵 辛口) is dry with a mild aroma and a refreshing aftertaste. The brewery describes its refreshing aroma as that of soft violet and steamed rice. It has a smooth texture, light sweetness, robust and balanced acidity and umami that unfurls in the mouth and ends with a deep, dry finish. Heating increases the rich flavour. Recommended food pairings are simmered taro or sardines in sweetened soy sauce, steamed dumplings, and tomato omelette. The Hanzō Tokubetsu Junmai Karakuchi received the National Kanzake Contest 2020 Gold Award.

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About the brewery

Brewery
Ōta Shuzō
Name in Japanese
大田酒造
Address
1365-1 Kaminoshō, Iga City, Mie Prefecture, 518-0121
Phone
0595-21-4709
Website
Ōta Sake Brewery, located in Iga, Mie Prefecture, was founded in 1892. Their main product is a sake label called Hanzō, which is available in many varieties. The name Hanzō goes back to Hattori Hanzō (服部半蔵, 1541-1596), a famous samurai and vassal of the Matsudaira (later Tokugawa). He was also called Oni no Hanzō (Hanzō the Demon) for his bravery in combat. Ōta Brewery is run by Ōta Yuki in the 7th generation. He is the youngest tōji (brewmaster) in Mie Prefecture.

Awards

  • 2003: National New Sake Competition (全国新酒鑑評会) - Gold Medal (Hanzō)
  • 2004: National New Sake Competition (全国新酒鑑評会) - Gold medal (Hanzō)
  • 2005: National New Sake Competition (全国新酒鑑評会) - Gold medal (Hanzō)
  • 2006: Nagoya Regional Taxation Bureau Sake Competition - Grand Prize (Hanzō Special Junmai-shu Ukon Nishiki)
  • 2007: Nagoya Regional Taxation Bureau Sake Competition - Grand Prize (Hanzō Special Junmai-shu Ukon Nishiki)
  • 2008: Nagoya Regional Taxation Bureau Sake Competition - Grand Prize (Hanzō Special Junmai-shu Ukon Nishiki)
  • 2009: Kanzake Contest 2009 - Gold Prize (Hanzō Special Junmaishu Ukon Nishiki)
  • 2010: Kanzake Contest 2010 - Gold Prize (Hanzō Special Junmai Sake Iga Uconnishiki)
  • 2011: Gold Medal (Hanzo Junmai Daiginjo) at the 5th International Salmon Challenge
  • 2012: 46th Mie Prefecture New Sake Competition - Mie Prefecture Governor's Prize (Hanzō Daiginjō Iga Yamadanishiki)
  • The Fine Sake Award 2012 - Highest Gold Award (Hanzō Daiginjō Shizuku-shu)
  • The Fine Sake Award 2015 - Gold medal in the main category (Hanzō Special Junmai-shu Iga Ukon Nishiki), Gold medal in the Daiginjō category (Hanzō Junmai Daiginjō, Hanzō Daiginjō Shizukushu-shu, Hanzō Daiginjō Iga Yamadanishiki)
  • Kanzake Contest 2015 - Highest Gold Award in the Premium Kanzake Category (Hanzō Special Junmai Sake Dry)
  • 2016: 42nd Summit of the Heads of State and Government (Ise-Shima Summit) - Working Dinner Toast Sake (Hanzō Junmai Daiginjō)
  • 2020: National Kanzake Contest 2020 Gold Award for the Hanzō Tokubetsu Junmai Karakuchi

Latest reviews

Colour / hue
Pale Yellow
Clarity
Clear
This tokubetsu junmai won the 2020 Kanake Gold Award, so it is supposed to be best consumed slightly heated. We had it chilled and at room temperature. It has a wonderfully sweet nose with a fragrance reminiscent of marzipan, with a tingle of koji and alcohol. Very smooth and elegant taste with acidity softly spreading in your mouth. We liked the sweet aftertaste of strawberry. One of the best tokubetsu junmai we have had.
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Tokubetsu Junmai
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〒518-0121 三重県伊賀市上之庄1365ー1

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