- Gifu (岐阜)
- Rice type
- Hidahomare (ひだほまれ)
- Polishing rate (semaibuai)
- Alcohol content
Hirata Hiro Tokubetsu Junmai (飛鷺紅特別純米) is made of locally grown Hidahomare rice milled to 60% and G2 yeast. It has a gorgeous scent and gentle acidity reminiscent of apples., characteristic of G2 yeast from Gifu. It goes down smoothly and leaves a mild aftertaste. It is part of Hirata's "Red Heron" series: the Chinese characters for Hiro (飛鷺) mean "flying heron", while 紅 (aka) means "red".
About the brewery
- Hirata Sake Brewery
- Name in Japanese
- 〒506-0845 Gifu, Takayama, Kamininomachi, 43 43番地
Hidahomare is Gifu's leading rice for sake brewing. In winter, the snow in the Northern Alps moistens the rice fields as subsoil water, and the rice grown there absorbs plenty of nature's bounty. The large grain size, low protein content and high expression of heart white make it ideal for premium sake brewing. Sake made from Hidahomare has a good balance of taste. Hidahomare is used in Hirata's Hida no Hana (飛騨の華) and Hiro (飛鷺), making them excellent 'Gifu jizake'. The brewery uses soft subsoil water from the Northern Alps.
In 2021, Hirata added three new brands: Shōryū no Mai (昇龍乃舞), Takayama (多賀山), and Hiro (飛鷺).