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Sawanotsuru Shinmai Hatsunama Genshu

Sawanotsuru Shinmai Hatsunama Genshu has a fresh aroma and rich and mild taste unique to "sake nouveau".
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Sake specs

Prefecture
Hyōgo (兵庫)
Rice type
Domestic rice (国産米)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
Kojikome 65%, kakemai 75%
Alcohol content
16.5%
SMV
+2.0
Acidity
1.5
Amino acid level
1.4
Sawanotsuru Shinmai Hatsunama Genshu

Sawanotsuru Shinmai Hatsunama Genshu (沢の鶴 新米新酒初生原酒) was brewed with new rice (新米 shinmai, "nouveau rice") harvested in 2021. This so-called "new rice new sake" (新米新酒) is also referred to as "sake nouveau" (日本酒のヌーヴォー), in the style of the voguish Beaujolais nouveau. It has a fresh aroma and rich and mild taste unique to "sake nouveau". The brewery uses Nada miyamizu (灘の宮水, natural water from the Rokko Mountains), selected as one of the 100 best water sources.

2022 edition:

Sawanotsuru Shinmai Hatsunama Genshu Junmai 2022 Sawanotsuru Shinmai Hatsunama Genshu Junmai 2022 Sawanotsuru Shinmai Hatsunama Genshu Junmai 2022 Sawanotsuru Shinmai Hatsunama Genshu Junmai 2022 Sawanotsuru Shinmai Hatsunama Genshu Junmai 2022 Sawanotsuru Shinmai Hatsunama Genshu Junmai 2022

2021 edition:

Sawanotsuru Shinmai Hatsunama Genshu Sawanotsuru Shinmai Hatsunama Genshu Sawanotsuru Shinmai Hatsunama Genshu Sawanotsuru Shinmai Hatsunama Genshu

2020 edition:

Sawanotsuru Shinmai Hatsunama Genshu Sawanotsuru Shinmai Hatsunama Genshu Sawanotsuru Shinmai Hatsunama Genshu Sawanotsuru Shinmai Hatsunama Genshu

Sawanotsuru Sake Museum

Sawanotsuru Sake Museum (沢の鶴資料館)

About the brewery

Brewery
Sawanotsuru Brewery
Name in Japanese
沢の鶴
Address
5-1-2 Shinzaike Minamimachi, Nada Ward, Kobe, Hyōgo 657-0864
Phone
078-881-1234
Website
Sawanotsuru Brewery is located in the Nada Ward of Kobe in Hyogo Prefecture, one of Japan's three major sake production areas. It was founded in 1717 by the first generation of rice merchants, who started brewing sake as a side business. Since then, the ability to judge rice has been passed down from generation to generation.

The brewery's name originates in Japanese mythology: when Amaterasu, the Sun goddess, was enshrined at Ise, a bird was heard singing in the stream at Izawa. When Yamatohime-no-Mikoto (倭姫命) inquired about the source of the singing, she found a pure white crane crying while holding an ear of rice. Isawatomi no Mikoto (伊佐波登美神) was deeply moved by the fact that even a bird could make a rice field and offer food to the kami and ordered Isawatomi no Mikami to brew sake from the ears of rice and offer it to the gods. The crane was henceforth called Otoshi no Kami (大歳神, God of the five grains). The story is based on the origin of the Iza-no-Miya shrine (a separate shrine granted the same status as the Ise Naiku).

In 2017, Sawanotsuru celebrated its 300th anniversary.

Sawanotsuru Sake Museum

This historical museum which preserves an old brewery has been designated an Important Tangible National Cultural Property by Hyogo Prefecture. Admission free.

1-29-1 Oishi-minamimachi, Nada-ku, Kobe
078-882-7788
Business hours 10:00-16:00
Closed on Wednesdays, the year-end and New Year holiday, and mid-August Obon holidays

Latest reviews

Colour / hue
Pale Yellow
Clarity
Clear
Revisiting Sawanotsuru's Hatsunamagenshu for the third time. Not much has changed, and that's good! The specs are the same; the taste is as good as in the previous years, only the label is new. It has an intense nose of dried fruits and narazuke and a sweet and fruity approach. Well-rounded and full-bodied with slight acidity and a short spicy alcoholic finish.

Sawanotsuru Shinmai Hatsunama Genshu
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Colour / hue
Pale Yellow
Clarity
Clear
Floral, spicy nose with a slightly sweet undertone of marzipan and fungi. It has a fresh aroma and a rich taste and is easy to drink at 16.5%, which is fairly low for unpasteurised sake. An inexpensive nouveau sake (with no water added, according to the label). Exquisite!
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Location
〒657-0864 兵庫県神戸市灘区新在家南町5丁目1−2

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