- Hyōgo (兵庫)
- Rice type
- Yamada Nishiki (山田錦)
- Polishing rate (semaibuai)
- Alcohol content
Kuromatsu Hakushika Amayagi Tokubetsu Honjōzō (黒松白鹿 あまやぎ 特別本醸造) is made of Yamadanishiki rice milled to 70% and has a slightly lower alcohol content of 13-14%. It has a gentle taste and a refreshing sweetness.
Awards:Kuromatsu received a Silver Medal in the Honjōzō category at the IWC (International Wine Challenge) 2022.
About the brewery
- Tatsuuma Honke Shuzō
- Name in Japanese
- 2-10 Tateishicho, Nishinomiya, Hyōgo 662-0943
白鹿 HAKUSHIKA 辰馬本家酒造株式会社1662年（寛文二年）創業、灘五郷のひとつ、西宮郷の清酒「白鹿」辰馬本家酒造の公式サイトです。「酒はつくるものではなく、育てるもの」を信念に、銘柄「白鹿」に込められた、おおらかに楽しむ酒、長生を祈る酒を育て、お客様を笑顔にする日本酒のある豊かなシーンを創造していきます。www.hakushika.co.jp
The Tatsuma family has owned the company (辰馬家) for generations. Along with the Kano family (嘉納財閥 Kano Zaibatsu) and the Yamamura family (山邑財閥 Yamamura Zaibatsu), the Tatsuma rank among the most prestigious sake brewers of Nada. After the war, the zaibatsu was dismantled, and the family focused on their brewery.
The brewery's Kuromatsu Hakushika Rokkounen Junmai Daiginjō V-1000 (超特撰黒松白鹿六光年純米大吟醸 V-1000) is astronomical, with a list price of over 100,000 JPY, the highest price tag attached to any sake on the market.
The name Hakushika (白鹿) is based on an old Chinese legend. Emperor Hsuan-Tsung (r. 712-756), known as the longest-reigning emperor during the culture-rich Tang Dynasty, found a white deer wandering in his palace gardens one day. Seeing that this rare and beautiful animal was adorned with a bronze medal indicating that the animal was 1000 years old, the emperor recognised this as an auspicious sign symbolising long and prosperous life. The Japanese traditionally adopted the Chinese deer legend and regarded it as a sign of longevity. Tatsuuma-Honke chose Hakushika, a label representing its long history.
Tatsuuma-Honke Brewing Co. Ltd. is affiliated with Midori-kai (みどり会) and is part of the Sanwa Group (三和グループ).