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Kakurei Tokubetsu Junmai Yamadanishiki 55% Namagenshu

Kakurei Tokubetsu Junmai Yamadanishiki 55% Namagenshu is a limited edition of Kakurei, a famous sake from Shiozawa in snow country with a history of over 300 years and a traditional flavour nurtured in the harsh winters of Uonuma.
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Prefecture
Niigata (新潟)
Rice type
Yamada Nishiki (山田錦)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
55%
Alcohol content
17%
Kakurei Tokubetsu Junmai Yamadanishiki 55% Namagenshu (鶴齢 特別純米 山田錦55% 生原酒)

Kakurei Tokubetsu Junmai Yamadanishiki 55% Namagenshu (鶴齢 特別純米 山田錦55% 生原酒) is a limited edition of Kakurei, a famous sake from Shiozawa in snow country with a history of over 300 years and a traditional flavour nurtured in the harsh winters of Uonuma. Distinct from conventional Niigata sake's light and dry image, Kakureii's Junmai Muroka Namagenshu series is extremely popular with fans of local sake who seek a robust and rich flavour. This unfiltered, unpasteurised Tokubetsu Junmai is brewed with Association 701 yeast and water from Makihatayama (巻機山).

Kakurei's Junmai Muroka Nama series includes three types of sake made from Hyōgo Yamadanishiki rice according to rice polishing, of which this is the most popular. The fragrance is mild and slightly fruity, and the taste is rich with a flavour full of deep richness and solid umami, balanced by a good acidity and a crisp aftertaste. Many of Uonuma's dishes have a strong flavour and use sweet soy sauce. It goes well with salted and dried dishes such as salted salmon and salted saury and other dishes with a strong flavour, such as nabe dishes, which are linked to this food culture.



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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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The Yokozuna of Eastern Junmai
Colour / hue
Pale Yellow
Clarity
Clear
Fruity aromas with floral and lactic undertones (reminiscent of custard and pudding) greet the senses. The entry is spicy and delicate, evolving into a fruity sweetness enveloping the palate. This sweetness is harmonized by pronounced acidity and bitterness. The finish is robust, marked by solid alcohol content. Overall, the sake is deep, rich, crisp, and earthy, with a refreshing touch from its subtle effervescence. Brilliant!

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Appearance: clear and lemon-green
Nose: clean and medium
Aroma: fruity, floral, lactic
Sweetness: off-dry
Acidity: medium+
Umami: medium
Alcohol: medium-high
Body: medium
Flavour intensity: medium+
Flavour characteristics: fruity and floral elements, firm, crisp, spicy
Texture: medium
Finish: short, crisp, sharp
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Category
Tokubetsu Junmai
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Reviews
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Rating
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Location
〒949-6408 新潟県南魚沼市塩沢1214

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