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The Shibori Hanahato exhibits a great nose with fruity aromas reminiscent of berries and grapes. On the palate, it maintains a crisp and fruity profile from the initial sip to the lingering finish. This sake leans towards the dry side, offering a richness complemented by a refreshing bitterness. Unfiltered and unprocessed, it embodies a pinnacle of elegance and class.

Shibori Hanahato Junmai Daiginjō Muroka Namagenshu I
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Symphony in persimmon
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Kakino Jungin presents a golden hue and an enticing aroma of ripe fruits with subtle alcohol notes. As you take your first sip, a subdued entry unfolds, revealing sublime aromas of both ripe and dried fruits. The palate balances slight acidity that complements the marked umami and sweetness. The sake concludes with a long and relatively mellow finish, leaving a sharp lingering tingle. As the temperature rises, the flavour deepens, accompanied by emerging aromas of resins. In both label design and content, Kakino Jungin embodies pure understatement.

Hanahato Kakino Junmai Ginjō


Hanahato Kakino Junmai Ginjō
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Batch 14 of the Untouched Series boasts an exquisite bouquet with sweet notes reminiscent of dried plums, vanilla, custard, and cocoa. Upon tasting, it reveals a lively entrance accompanied by a gentle effervescence. The full-bodied profile offers a delightful floral sweetness, balanced harmoniously with umami and acidity. The lingering finish leaves a refreshing sweetness on the palate. Our bottle, aged since December 2022, only enhanced the already commendable qualities of this sake. Brilliant!

Kinoshita Tamagawa Untouched Series Junmai Ginjō Nihonbare Batch 14
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One to our liking!
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The aroma reveals notes of overripe figs and dried fruits, leading to a grand entrance with remarkable depth and a rich flavour profile. The palate is fruity, with subtle hints of fungi and a gentle acidity mid-taste. The texture leans toward viscosity, striking a perfect balance between richness and acidity. At an alcohol volume of 18-19%, this sake delivers an impressive punch. Keep an eye out for the shiboritate, available from November until stocks last—a true gem. Well worth getting an isshobin next time!

Tamagawa Shiboritate Namagenshu
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Revisiting Imada's Fukuchō Hattansō Junmai Ginjō Jikagumi Nama after two years, we are glad to announce that it's been of the same top-notch quality as last time: fruity nose with a perfect balance of refreshing acidity, sweetness, and umami. Recommended chilled, but it reveals a lot of additional layers of aroma at room temperature.

Fukuchō Hattansō Junmai Ginjō Jikagumi Nama
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The aroma reveals hints of green apples and strawberries, accompanied by robust citric notes. Upon tasting, it offers a wonderfully gentle and velvety entry, carried by a sweet fruitiness and a light-bodied, refreshing effervescence. The drink appears slightly cloudy, with additional strawberry flavours. A subtle acidity emerges mid-palate, leaving a lingering finish with further citric sourness. Truly divine.

Katōkichibei Shōten Born Hatsuyuki Shiboritate Yamadanishiki
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Emishiki Sensation Gold Label Namazake, with its fruity nose carrying delicate green apple notes and a touch of alcohol, unfolds like a floral symphony. The fabulous entry reveals fruity sweetness reminiscent of assorted berries, while the sharp mid-palate dances with nice acidity. Its namazake freshness invigorates, and the slightly sour exit adds intrigue. Overall, it balances sweetness and spice with a somewhat dry finish. As it warms, it deepens, leaving a wonderful aftertaste akin to overripe figs.

Emishiki Sensation Gold Label Namazake
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Hanahato's Kisshōsō Junmai Daiginjō Genshu has a spicy aroma, with strong hints of alcohol and turpentine and a subtle sweetness reminiscent of dried fruits. Visually, it appears pale yellow. Upon tasting, it has a smooth entry, a velvety texture, and a gentle sweetness with lactic aromas reminiscent of custard, creme, and vanilla. Additionally, there are hints of dried fruits, and overall, it is moderately dry with a pleasant acidity. It is exquisite, subtle, and the very best of Hiroshima.

hanahato-kisHanahato Kisshōsō Junmai Daiginjō Genshu
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This exceptional Namagenshu, technically "regular sake," offers a refreshing nose, delicately hinting at grapes, citric fruits, and floral nuances. Upon the first sip, a lively entry unfolds, accompanied by a robust citric aroma. The underlying sweetness imparts a wonderfully fresh mouthfeel, characteristic of namazake. A subtle bitterness, derived from the Kamenoo, lingers briefly on the palate, culminating in a short yet satisfying finish. Truly outstanding, this sake perfectly balances its sweetness and vibrant citric notes.

Azakura Namatsume Genshu Kamenoo Nama
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Katokichibee Bon Sasayuki Happo Muroka Namazake Yamadanishiki Junmai Daiginjo presents a cloudy visage with a lactic aroma reminiscent of yoghurt and crème fraîche. Due to its abundant effervescence and presence of sake lees, it borders on the character of a sparkling beverage. It offers a gentle sweetness paired with a vibrant and crisp acidity. Contrary to the initial taste, the finish is not sweet; it is succeeded by a harmoniously bitter astringency that lends a refined structure to the palate—a delight to indulge in.

Katokichibee Bon Sasayuki Happo Muroka Namazake Yamadanishiki Junmai Daiginjo
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Shibori Hanahato Junmai Daiginjō is an unfiltered, unprocessed sake Yamadanishiki Junmai Daiginjo, the seventh in the "Shibori Hanahato" series of just 120 bottles. It has a sweet nose with notes of chocolate, dried apricots, and alcohol. A mild and gentle approach, a creamy texture, well-rounded and full-mouthed is followed by a crisp, sweet mouthfeel with slight acidity and bitterness, a lingering finish, and a refreshing sour tingle—this is a top-tier sake and a superb representative of the finest Hiroshima brewing.

Shibori Hanahato Junmai Daiginjō
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Among our Top 10!
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The aroma of this sake gently suggests the fruity sweetness of melons and berries, complemented by a subtle alcoholic warmth. It possesses a medium body and a touch of creaminess in its texture. The Sharaku offers an impressive experience: its silky smoothness unfolds a diverse bouquet of scents, combining agreeable fruit notes with floral hints, a touch of earthiness reminiscent of Japanese cedar, and delicate lactic accents. These elements blend harmoniously, producing a balanced mid-palate characterized by invigorating acidity and a hint of bitterness. The finish is marked by a lively sour zest.

In our opinion, the Sharaku approaches the zenith of excellence.

Miyaizumi Sharaku Junmai Ginjō
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This exquisite Arabashiri opens with a lush, fruity nose reminiscent of green apples, pears, and melon. Its fine, velvety texture gracefully unfolds, revealing a grand entry of fruity sweetness that is both well-rounded and rich yet remarkably gentle—Mid-palate, a subtle acidity dances, leading to a mild and mellow finish. The overall experience is nothing short of class and elegance. A gorgeous ginkgo aroma lingers, and the mouthfeel is soft and inviting. With its light and clear flavour profile, this sake offers sweet notes reminiscent of white peach and melon—a delightful reminder of a high-quality dessert.

Kozaemon Junmai Daiginjō Aizan/Yamada Nishiki Arabashiri Nama
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A jewel in the rough
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Tamagawa's Shizenjikomi Junmai Yamahai Hyōgo Sake 85 presents itself with a clear and pale appearance reminiscent of lemon hues. Its nose is clean and medium+ intense, carrying delightful fruity and sweet aromas. The palate strikes a balance between gentle sweetness and pleasant dryness. The pronounced umami notes are accompanied by a high alcohol volume, creating a robust flavour profile. Full-bodied and creamy, this sake leaves a lasting impression with its pronounced flavours. A true gem in the world of Japanese sake, it stands out as a testament to the artistry of the British toji and the uniqueness of the new rice variety used.

A jewel in the rough—splendid!

Tamagawa Shizenjikomi Junmai Yamahai Hyōgo Sake 85 Tamagawa Shizenjikomi Junmai Yamahai Hyōgo Sake 85
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Appearance: The sake presents itself with a clarity reminiscent of lemon-green hues.

Nose: A clean and pronounced aroma greets the senses.

Aroma: Fruity notes intertwine with a pronounced sharpness.

The fragrance is sweet and gentle, promising a delightful tasting journey. This junmai falls into the dry to off-dry sweetness category on the palate, accompanied by high acidity. Its medium alcohol content complements a medium-light body, while the flavour intensity leans above medium. The dominant flavours are fruity and floral, driven by sweetness but ultimately balanced by acidity and dryness. A genuinely refreshing choice, this sake pairs harmoniously with seafood.

It maintains its refreshingly acidic character when served at room temperature, albeit with a slight mellowing effect.

This was our first Mutsu Hassen, and we were genuinely impressed.

陸奥八仙 芳醇超辛純米 陸奥八仙 芳醇超辛純米
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Delicate and inviting, Yaegaki's Tokubetsu Junmai opens with a sweet nose reminiscent of dried apricots and resin. The initial sip reveals a savoury intensity dominated by the rich aroma of koji, dried fruits, and a subtle peach note. Herbal hints add complexity, while the mouthfeel strikes a harmonious balance between sweetness and gentle bitterness, leaving a lingering sour tingle on the palate.

Yaegaki Tokubetsu Junmai Yamadanishiki
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Azakura's Gin no Sei, unprocessed and unfiltered, presents a fruity aroma subtly laced with alcoholic undertones. It possesses a relatively light constitution yet surprises with a vibrant and refreshing onset. The palate is treated to a dry and lucid sensation, harmoniously counterbalanced by a touch of sweetness and a generous dose of acidity. A spicy denouement awaits at the end. Its profound taste and spirited character are attributed to the unique rice variety employed by Azakura. It is indeed a treasure for karakuchi fans.

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Nakajima Kazunori (中島 和紀) of jizake.com has more info on Gin no Sei:

Miyama Nishiki was once promoted as Akita's genuine sake rice. However, it is unsuitable for ginjō, so demand for a new Akita variety grew. In 1990, Akita Sake No. 50 was born by crossing Akikei No. 53 and Aikawa No. 1. It was adopted in 1992 and registered under "Gin no Sei" (吟の精) in 1993. Gin no Sei is larger than Miyama Nishiki and has slightly more crude protein. It sports less shinpaku, and its shape is small and dotted. However, the rice polishing characteristics are much better than Miyamanishiki's. Another advantage is that the rice does not break easily when soaked and is easier to handle. Gin-no-Sei is considered rare, almost an endangered species.
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Sefuri Yusui ("Sefuri spring water") presents an intriguing blend of spice and herbs on the nose. The initial taste is soothing and tranquil, yet it surprises with its sharp and bitter undertones that gradually evolve into a sweet and harmonious sensation on the palate. The unique characteristic of this sake is its simultaneous gentleness and spiciness. Although it is suggested to be enjoyed at a temperature range of 5-15°C, it exhibits a smoother profile at room temperature while maintaining its distinctive spicy edge.

Kihōtsuru Sefuri Yusui Tokubetsu Junmai
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Full-bodied dry
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Honryū Karakuchi has a highly fruity aroma, characterised by berry and grape notes with subtle hints of alcohol. Upon first taste, the sake delivers a sparkling and crisp sensation that is both surprising and delightful. This particular variety from Tatenokawa's standard range stands out for its dry and spicy profile, complemented by a smooth texture. It achieves an excellent balance of ginjōka, umami, sweetness, and a touch of bitterness. The overall experience of this sake is one of tranquillity, offering a refreshing and sophisticated drink.

Tatenokawa Junmai Daiginjō Honryū Karakuchi
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Azakura's Hiyaoroshi presents a golden hue and a sweet aroma with hints of herbs and spices. It is medium-bodied and exhibits a slightly higher viscosity. The flavour profile leans toward the sweet side, with minimal acidity and an herbal bitterness that lingers on the mid-palate and throughout the finish. When served chilled, it gradually becomes smoother and gentler as it reaches room temperature.

Azakura Junmai Ginjō Hiyaoroshi
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