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Hokushika Tokubetsu Junmai Setchūchozō

Hokushika Tokubetsu Junmai Setchūchozō is made of domestic rice milled to 60%. Setchūchozō means "snow storage" and refers to the fact that sake is matured in tanks buried in snow.
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Sake specs

Prefecture
Akita (秋田)
Rice type
Domestic rice (国産米)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
60%
Alcohol content
15%
SMV
-2.5
Acidity
1.5
Hokushika Tokubetsu Junmai Setchūchozō (特別純米酒 雪中貯蔵 季節限定品)

Hokushika Tokubetsu Junmai Setchūchozō (特別純米酒 雪中貯蔵) is made of domestic rice milled to 60%. Setchūchozō (雪中貯蔵) means "snow storage" and refers to the fact that sake is matured in tanks buried in snow, thereby creating stable temperatures of around 0°C. Such conditions are ideal for sake, resulting in a mellow aroma and fine, delicate flavour. Moderately sweet and spicy (中口), it can be consumed slightly chilled (10-15°C), at room temperature or nurukan (ぬる燗, 35-45C).


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2023 edition:

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Hokushika Brewery (株式会社 北鹿)

About the brewery

Brewery
Hokushika Brewery
Name in Japanese
株式会社 北鹿
Address
2-2-3 Ariura, Ōdate, Akita 017-0043
Phone
0186-42-2101
Website
Hokushika Brewery is located in Ōdate City, Akita Prefecture, at the centre of the northern grain-growing region. Ōdate is also famous as the hometown of Akita dogs and Kiritanpo, a local speciality. The city is surrounded by the grand nature of Shirakami-Sanchi and Towada-Hachimantai. Clean air, good water, and high-quality rice contribute to sake production. In this climate, Hokushika brews sake mainly based on the kimoto method based on the ancient traditional method and produces sake in a way unique to the region, such as storing sake under the snow.

The kimoto method is a traditional method of producing sake using natural lactic acid bacteria and has been used since the Edo Period. Yama-oroshi, to bray rice with a rod, is typical for kimoto-based sake production and used to be hard work for the brewers. In the Akita-style kimoto sake production, stirring equipment is used instead of rods to bray rice to reduce labour without degrading the quality of the sake. It results in a uniquely mellow and rich taste.

Hokushika stores its sake under snow at the shore of Lake Towada. This method is derived from the traditional method of burying vegetables in snow for storage. Thereby, vegetables remain fresh and increase their sweetness and umami taste. Applying the same method to sake, Hokushika started storing sake under snow in 1990. Snow storing keeps the temperature constantly at 0°C and develops an ideal environment for sake, unaffected by the ambient air temperature and resulting in less sharp and mild sake that retains its freshness.

In 1944, the Japanese government merged several production facilities and created Hokushika Shurui Seizou Co., Ltd., a holding company consisting of 21 enterprises and eight breweries located in Kitaakita-gun (北秋田郡) and Kazuno-gun (鹿角郡). In 1971, a bottling factory was built at the headquarters in Ōdate City, and in 1986, Hokushika Brewery joined Sekaitaka Koyamaya Group.

Latest reviews

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Pale Yellow
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We revisited Hokushika's Tokubetsu Junmai this year; here are a few additional remarks to last year's annotations: spicy nose with floral hints, spicy and dry flavour, with marked notes of banana, a refreshing acidity mid-palate, and a bitter finish. Very delicate and recommended!

Hokushika Tokubetsu Junmai
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This is a seasonal sake with rich and outstanding junmai taste and a soft aroma resembling that of ginjo. Komachi yeast gives it an aromatic flavour. Fruity nose of apples, and a taste of substantial fruitiness wrapped in a fine layer of refreshing acidity. The texture is almost creamy and viscous. Perfect.
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Category
Tokubetsu Junmai
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Views
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Watchers
1
Reviews
2
Last update
Rating
4.00 star(s) 2 ratings
Location
〒017-0043 秋田県大館市有浦2丁目2番3号

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