- Mie (三重)
- Rice type
- Kaminoho (神の穂)
- Polishing rate (semaibuai)
- Alcohol content
The Shimizu Seizaburō Shōten Zaku Ise-Shima Concept (清水清三郎商店 作 伊勢志摩コンセプト) is a junmai ginjō-shu made of Kaminoho rice produced in Mie Prefecture. Milled down to 55%, it uses the clear underground water of the Suzuka Mountains as brewing water. The Ise-Shima Concept features a gorgeous and calm aroma and a richly enveloping taste. It has a low alcohol content of 13%. The brewery recommends pairing its refreshing and crisp taste with seafood such as torosawara (Spanish mackerel), Ise sea bream, Ise lobster and abalone.
About the brewery
- Shimizu Seizaburō Shōten
- Name in Japanese
- 3-9-33 Wakamatsuhigashi, Suzuka, Mie 510-0225
Suzuka has long been known as Umasake Suzuka-no-kuni (味酒鈴鹿國, the land of delicious sake) because of the delectable sake it brews. An old book called, the Yamato-hime-no-Mikoto-no-Seiki (倭姫命世紀), describes the journey of Yamato-hime-no-Mikoto to Ise-jingū. She was ordered by Amaterasu-ōmikami (天照大御神) to find a place to settle down. In one of the passages, the phrase "I come from Umasake Suzuka-kuni" (私は味酒鈴鹿国から来た) is mentioned. Umasake has become an epithet for Suzuka, suggesting that the word has been widely known since ancient times.
The climate of Suzuka is very favourable for sake brewing. The limpid subsoil water from the Suzuka Mountains flows into the vast Ise Plain, where good quality rice is grown. Since ancient times, this rice and water have made it possible to brew delicious sake. Every year at Kawamata Shrine in the Suzuka River basin, a sake festival is held.
Shimizu Seizaburō Shōten produces sake under the brands of Suzukagawa (鈴鹿川) and Zaku (作).