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Kakurei Junmai Yamadanishiki 65% Muroka Namagenshu

Kakurei Junmai Yamadanishiki 65% Muroka Namagenshu is a limited edition of Kakurei, a famous sake from Shiozawa in the Japanese Snow Country.
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Prefecture
Niigata (新潟)
Rice type
Yamada Nishiki (山田錦)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
65%
Alcohol content
17%
Kakurei Junmai Yamadanishiki 65% Muroka Namagenshu (鶴齢 純米酒 山田錦65% 無濾過生原酒)

Kakurei Junmai Yamadanishiki 65% Muroka Namagenshu (鶴齢 純米酒 山田錦65% 無濾過生原酒) is a limited edition of Kakurei, a famous sake from Shiozawa in the Japanese Snow Country. With a history of over 300 years and a traditional flavour nurtured in the harsh winters of Uonuma, this popular series pursues its own individuality by using different raw materials, rice, and brewing methods. Distinct from the light and dry image of traditional Niigata sake, Kakurei's Junmai Muroka Namagenshu series concentrates on the original flavour of the sake and is extremely popular with fans of local sake who seek a strong, rich flavour. It is made from 65% polished Yamada-Nishiki rice, Association 701 yeast and water from Makihatayama (巻機山).

Brewed ingeniously with minimal rice polishing, it has a richer, more powerful, deeper and more dynamic flavour. It has a subtly fruity aroma and a thick core, emphasising the rich, broad flavour of Yamada-Nishiki, the king of sake rice. Many of Uonuma's dishes can be preserved through the winter. Therefore, they are predominantly made with a strong flavour of sweet soy sauce. It goes well with salted and dried dishes such as salted salmon, salted saury, and other dishes with a strong flavour, such as nabe dishes, which are linked to this food culture.



Kakurei Junmai Yamadanishiki 65% Muroka Namagenshu (鶴齢 純米酒 山田錦65% 無濾過生原酒) Kakurei Junmai Yamadanishiki 65% Muroka Namagenshu (鶴齢 純米酒 山田錦65% 無濾過生原酒) Kakurei Junmai Yamadanishiki 65% Muroka Namagenshu (鶴齢 純米酒 山田錦65% 無濾過生原酒) Kakurei Junmai Yamadanishiki 65% Muroka Namagenshu (鶴齢 純米酒 山田錦65% 無濾過生原酒) Kakurei Junmai Yamadanishiki 65% Muroka Namagenshu (鶴齢 純米酒 山田錦65% 無濾過生原酒) Kakurei Junmai Yamadanishiki 65% Muroka Namagenshu (鶴齢 純米酒 山田錦65% 無濾過生原酒)

About the brewery

Brewery
Aoki Shuzō
Name in Japanese
青木酒造
Address
1214 Shiozawa Minamiuonuma, Niigata 949-6408
Phone
025‐782‐0023
Website
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Aoki Shuzō, located in Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture, known as one of the snowiest regions in Japan, was established in 1717 and has been brewing sake continuously for over 300 years. The signature brand Kakurei and other sake are produced by the boons offered by the snow country and skilled Echigo-tōji, the master brewers. While Niigata prefecture is famous for Tanrei-karakuchi, the light, elegant and dry sake style, Aoki aims to create Tanrei-umakuchi, remaining the pure umami of sake-rice, handing down their original recipe for the next 100 years.

Aoki Shuzō's Kakurei is accompanied by Uonuma cuisine, strongly flavoured with salt and soy sauce, for the locals who work earnestly with sweat and preserve fish and vegetables during the long winter. Kakurei has sharp and delicate Niigata sake characteristics, but the brewery aims to bring out the best of the umami aftertaste.

Suzuki Bokushi (鈴木牧之, 1770–1842) was a merchant, an author, and an ancestor of Aoki Shuzō, born in Shiozawa. It is said he named Kakurei. He wrote "Hokuetsu Seppu" (北越雪譜, Snow stories of North Etsu Province) to describe the snowy Uonuma life. It was published thirty years after planning and became a bestseller of the late Edo period, presenting the snow country's culture, dialects, customs, traditions, Chijimi textiles, and lifestyle. The brewery's second signature brand, Yukiotoko (雪男, snowman), is named after the strange hairy beast in the book.

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Colour / hue
Pale Yellow
Clarity
Clear
Kakurei's Junmai Yamadanishiki Muroka Namagenshu is a delightful sake that combines the best of Yamada Nishiki rice. With a milder nose than the Tokubetsu Junmai Namagenshu, it reveals elements of ripe fruits (mature figs, apricots, bananas, and pears) and citric and lactic aromas. Upon tasting, you'll experience a rich and bold entry with a fruity sweetness that envelops the palate. This sweetness is beautifully balanced by delicate acidity and a subtle bitterness. The finish lingers, leaving behind sour notes. This sake is deep, rich, well-rounded, and intense, yet smoother than Kakurei's Tokubetsu Junmai—a true five-star gem from Aoki Brewery.

Kakurei Junmai Yamadanishiki 65% Muroka Namagenshu Kakurei Junmai Yamadanishiki 65% Muroka Namagenshu



Appearance: clear and lemon-green
Nose: clean and medium
Aroma: fruity, citric
Sweetness: medium-dry
Acidity: medium-
Umami: medium
Alcohol: medium-high
Body: medium+ to full
Flavour intensity: medium+
Flavour characteristics: fruity (ripe figs and apricots)
Texture: smooth
Finish: lingering, slightly bitter, sour tingle
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Category
Junmai
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Reviews
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Rating
5.00 star(s) 1 ratings
Location
〒949-6408 新潟県南魚沼市塩沢1214

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