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Imada Fukuchō Junmai Nama Hatsushibori

Imada Fukuchō Junmai Nama Hatsushibori is made of Hattannishiki rice milled to 60% and a blend of Hiroshima yeast. Hatsushibori means "first squeeze" and refers to sake made exclusively from the first batch of the brewing season.
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Sake specs

Prefecture
Hiroshima (広島)
Rice type
Hattan Nishiki (八反錦)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
60%
Alcohol content
15%
SMV
+2
Imada Fukuchō Junmai Nama Hatsushibori (富久長 純米 初しぼり 生酒)

Imada Fukuchō Junmai Nama Hatsushibori (富久長 純米 初しぼり 生酒) is made of Hattannishiki rice milled to 60% and a blend of Hiroshima yeast. Hatsushibori (初搾り) means "first squeeze" and refers to sake made exclusively from the first batch of the brewing season (the brewing process starts in October). It is unfiltered and unpasteurised. Hattannishiki is the most famous sake rice in the Hiroshima Hattan lineage. It was selected and bred from the Hattan variety revived and cultivated by Fukuchō. It is a popular variety in Hiroshima and has moderate acidity and a good aftertaste.

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About the brewery

Brewery
Imada Shuzō
Name in Japanese
今田酒造
Address
3734 Akitsuchō Mitsu, Higashihiroshima, Hiroshima 739-2402
Phone
0846-45-0003
Website
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Imada Brewery is located in Akitsu, Higashi-Hiroshima, facing the Seto Inland Sea and was founded in 1868. Hiroshima is one of Japan's top regions of sake production; the prefecture ranks among the top six in annual sake production. The region is famous for its soft water and smooth sake with a solid, lively fragrance. The brewery is run in the fifth generation by Imada Miho (今田美穂), one of the few female tōji (brewmaster) in Japan. She learned the trade from her father, Imada Yukinao but also enrolled in the National Research Institute of Brewing and later graduated from Meiji University's law faculty. After working for the cultural activities section in a Tōkyō department store, she returned to Hiroshima and took over the brewery. In 2020, the BBC included her in their list of the world's 100 influential women of the year.

Hiroshima is renowned for its ginjō-style sake varieties with beautiful fragrances and refined flavour. Imada Miho has continued and perfected the art of ginjō: in 2017, her Fukuchō ginjō won the platinum award for Junmai sake at Kura Master 2017, an annual contest selecting the best sakes from over 550 sake brands across Japan. Imada also experimented with heirloom rice varieties that had been out of use for centuries, created her hybrid yeast starter, and experimented with white kōji.

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Colour / hue
Pale Yellow
Clarity
Clear
Imada's Hatsushibori was made in November 2022 from Hattan Nishiki rice grown in Hiroshima. It came from the very first batch of the brewing season and had a crisp and fresh taste. Boasting a nose of grapefruits and fungi with hints of turpentine, it has a fluffy texture and a moderate sweetness with slight and pleasant acidity in the finish. Very faint effervescence.

Imada Fukuchō Junmai Nama Hatsushibori
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Category
Junmai
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Views
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Reviews
1
Last update
Rating
4.00 star(s) 1 ratings
Location
〒739-2402 広島県東広島市安芸津町三津3734

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