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Kinunomine Junmai Daiginjō Muroka Namagenshu

Kinunomine Junmai Daiginjō Muroka Namagenshu uses locally grown Koshihikari rice milled to 40%. It has a mild aroma with notes of banana and plum, based on the delicious taste of Koshihikari.
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Sake specs

Prefecture
Shimane (島根)
Rice type
Koshihikari (越光)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
40%
Alcohol content
16%
Kinunomine Junmai Daiginjō Muroka Namagenshu (絹乃峰純米大吟醸無濾過生原酒)

Kinunomine Junmai Daiginjō Muroka Namagenshu (絹乃峰純米大吟醸無濾過生原酒) uses locally grown Koshihikari rice milled to 40%. It has a mild aroma with notes of banana and plum, based on the delicious taste of Koshihikari. Best consumed chilled or on the rocks in a wine glass. Recommended food pairings are salmon roe, teppanyaki, steak, yakitori, oden, etc. The umami taste goes well with deep flavours.

Kinunomine Junmai Daiginjō Muroka Namagenshu (絹乃峰純米大吟醸無濾過生原酒) Kinunomine Junmai Daiginjō Muroka Namagenshu (絹乃峰純米大吟醸無濾過生原酒) Kinunomine Junmai Daiginjō Muroka Namagenshu (絹乃峰純米大吟醸無濾過生原酒) Kinunomine Junmai Daiginjō Muroka Namagenshu (絹乃峰純米大吟醸無濾過生原酒)


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About the brewery

Brewery
Akana Shuzō
Name in Japanese
赤名酒造
Address
23 番地 Akana, Iinan, Iishi, Shimane 690-3511
Phone
0854-76-2016
Website
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Akana Brewery is located in Iinan, Shimane Prefecture. The brewery was founded in 1929 when three neighbouring breweries merged to form the Akana Brewery under the government's policy of consolidating small sake brewers. Denichiro Tachiki, a wealthy merchant from Kurushima, Iinan-chō, Shimane Prefecture, who provided much of the funding for the company's establishment, became its first director and named the brand "Kinunomine".

The brewery prospered for many years as a subcontractor to significant sake brewers. From the late 1980s, many breweries began to strengthen their own production facilities and no longer needed to buy sake from subcontractors. Like many other small sake breweries, the Akana Shuzo turned unviable. The brewery's real estate was purchased by the then-Akarai township and turned into a town-owned property.

After ten years of volunteer management, poor sales led to the company trading raw sake from other companies with small production. Eventually, the brewery stopped its operations. New administration established Akana Brewery Co., renovating the ageing brewery and re-establishing it as a junmai kura, producing only junmai sake, mainly from high-quality Iinan-machi rice. In 2016, Akana started to export sake to Thailand.

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Sadly, the Coronavirus pandemic severely impacted sake breweries: many restaurants and izakaya were closed or restricted their work hours, and guests stayed away. Some breweries resorted to crowdfunding projects to sell their existing sake stocks or continue limited production. We found Akana Brewery's campaign on Campfire, stating they intended to support Shimane farmers producing the Koshihikari rice used for their junmai sake. We had never heard of a junmai daiginjo namagenshu and got curious. Last weekend, the 300ml bottle arrived in a cool box, and we did not waste any time degusting it.

Kinunomine Junmai Daiginjō Muroka Namagenshu

This is unfiltered, unpasteurised sake, so it should always be stored in a refrigerator and served chilled. It has a straw-coloured appearance and an elegant nose with floral and lactic notes. Contrary to my expectations, there were no traces of effervescence. Floral on the palate with notes of fungi, it is well-rounded, boasting a pleasant underlying sweetness and a mild and clean finish. This is an exquisite brew.

Kinunomine Junmai Daiginjō Muroka Namagenshu

We paired it with maguro don, but it should be perfect with any savoury dish. Strange enough, the Akana website does not reveal how to procure other Kinunomine products. We'll keep our eyes peeled for more sake delights from the snowy hills of Shimane.
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Category
Junmai Daiginjō
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Reviews
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Rating
5.00 star(s) 1 ratings
Location
〒690-3511 島根県飯石郡飯南町赤名23番地

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