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Suehiro Junmai Ginjō Kōto Fukunoka 60 Ikaihiire

Suehiro Junmai Ginjō Kōto Fukunoka 60 Ikaihiire is made of Aizu-grown Fukunoka rice milled to 60% and Suehiro's proprietary T-1 yeast. "Ikaihiire" means that it was pasteurised only once.
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Sake specs

Prefecture
Fukushima (福島)
Rice type
Fukunoka (福乃香)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
60%
Alcohol content
14%
SMV
-3
Acidity
1.4
Amino acid level
1.1
Suehiro Junmai Ginjo Koto Fukunoka 60 Ikaihiire (鴻圖 福乃香60~T1との遭遇~一回火入れ)

Suehiro Junmai Ginjō Kōto Fukunoka 60 Ikaihiire (鴻圖 福乃香60~T1との遭遇~一回火入れ) is made of Aizu-grown Fukunoka rice milled to 60% and Suehiro's proprietary T-1 yeast. Ikaihiire (一回火入れ) means that it was pasteurised only once.

The sweet aroma, reminiscent of apples, melons and strawberries, is superb, and the fresh acidity is effective and fresh. The sweetness is intense but very light and refreshing, with a soft, light body without corners and a pleasant strawberry-like sweet and sourness that is unmatched in its balance. The bitterness and spiciness play a supporting role and are not noticeable but tighten up the taste. It has a good sharpness through the throat and fades out pleasantly with a dry aftertaste.

The label uses a calligraphy of Noguchi Hideyo (野口英世). 'Kōto' (鴻圖) loosely translates to "bringing peace to the nation".

Suehiro Junmai Ginjo Koto Fukunoka 60 Ikaihiire (鴻圖 福乃香60~T1との遭遇~一回火入れ) Suehiro Junmai Ginjo Koto Fukunoka 60 Ikaihiire (鴻圖 福乃香60~T1との遭遇~一回火入れ) Suehiro Junmai Ginjo Koto Fukunoka 60 Ikaihiire (鴻圖 福乃香60~T1との遭遇~一回火入れ) Suehiro Junmai Ginjo Koto Fukunoka 60 Ikaihiire (鴻圖 福乃香60~T1との遭遇~一回火入れ) Suehiro Junmai Ginjo Koto Fukunoka 60 Ikaihiire (鴻圖 福乃香60~T1との遭遇~一回火入れ) Suehiro Junmai Ginjo Koto Fukunoka 60 Ikaihiire (鴻圖 福乃香60~T1との遭遇~一回火入れ)

Suehiro Junmai Ginjo Koto Fukunoka 60 Ikaihiire (鴻圖 福乃香60~T1との遭遇~一回火入れ)

About the brewery

Brewery
Suehiro Shuzō
Name in Japanese
末廣酒造
Address
12-38 Nisshinmachi, Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima 965-0861
Phone
0242-27-0002
Website
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Suehiro Shuzō, founded in 1850 and located in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, is one of the largest breweries in the Tōhoku region.

Suehiro is famous for its Yamahai brewing technique, now used in breweries all over Japan, which was created through trial and error in collaboration with Kagi Kinichirō (嘉儀金一郎), a leading authority on brewing techniques. The brewery is also renowned for establishing the Aizu tōji: in the Meiji era (1868-1912), the third generation of brewers invited a tōji, a professional sake brewer, from outside the prefecture. This was the first time a tōji was employed to brew sake in Fukushima Prefecture, where the family system was the norm at that time. The brewers who studied under this tōji soon grew up to become great brewers, and eventually, the Aizu tōji was born. Their high technical skills resulted in Suehiro winning the gold medal at the Annual Japan Sake Awards (全国新酒鑑評会) for five consecutive years.

Suehiro Shuzō has a brewery cafe named "Anzu" (杏, apricot) and a classic camera museum. One of the brewery buildings, "Kaeigura" (嘉永蔵), is open to the public as a venue for concerts and other cultural events. In 2018, nine brewery buildings were registered as national tangible cultural properties.

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Colour / hue
Pale Yellow
Clarity
Clear
This is an Aizu Junmai Ginjo with a relatively low volume of alcohol made of Fukunoka rice grown in the region. It has a fruity nose and a smooth, crisp, and refreshing aroma. Rich flavour and not too sweet, it is a terrific food sake. Suehiro is related to one of Japan's most well-known doctors and scientists, Noguchi Hideo. When he returned to his hometown in 1912, he visited Suehiro and left some calligraphies. One of them is the "Koto" character now used on this sake label.
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Category
Junmai Ginjō
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Reviews
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Rating
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Location
〒965-0861 福島県会津若松市日新町12−38

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