- Hiroshima (広島)
- Rice type
- Yamada Nishiki (山田錦)
- Polishing rate (semaibuai)
- Alcohol content
Fukuchō Karakuchi Junmai (富久長 辛口純米), Imada's classic junmai sake, is light-bodied and crisp, has a soft, delicate flavour, has a clean aroma and a dry finish, unique to Fukuchō. This is the perfect bottle for drinking at home and a splendid pairing for Japanese food like sashimi and boiled fish. As of the brewing season 2021, Fukucho employs a rice polishing technique called shingin (真吟), a "flat" polishing method that removes only the outer layer of proteins without scraping the essential starch contained in the core of the grain. It results in a cleaner, more refreshing sake.
We revisited the Karakuchi Junmai in October 2022, which was as delicious as the first time. The label below is the same as displayed on the official website.
About the brewery
- Imada Shuzō
- Name in Japanese
- 3734 Akitsuchō Mitsu, Higashihiroshima, Hiroshima 739-2402
FUKUCHO – Sake of Akitsu, HiroshimaOfficial website of Imada Sake Brewing Company, makers of the Fukucho brand since 1868. Situated in Akitsu, Hiroshima, a small port town facing the tranquil waters of the Seto Inland Sea, we are a small and traditional brewery with just seven members of staff. Despite being an old brewery, each...fukucho.jp
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.
More info on Imada Brewery:
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In the birthplace of of the refined ginjo style of sake, Miho Imada is carrying on a tradition of brewing beautifully fragrant and richly-flavored ginjo sake that are to be enjoyed as one of life’s daily pleasures.
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