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Tōkō Junmai Daiginjō Aigamo Robo Farming

Tōkō Junmai Daiginjō Aigamo Robo Farming is made of Dewasanzan rice grown in Yamagata and milled to 50%. The rice is grown without pesticides, chemical fertilizers, or herbicides.
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Sake specs

Prefecture
Yamagata (山形)
Rice type
Dewa 33 (出羽燦々)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
50%
Alcohol content
14%
SMV
-1
Toko Junmai Daiginjo Aigamo Robo Farming (東光 純米大吟醸 アイガモロボ農法)

Tōkō Junmai Daiginjō Aigamo Robo Farming (東光 純米大吟醸 アイガモロボ農法) is made of Dewasanzan rice grown in Yamagata and milled to 50%. The rice is grown without pesticides, chemical fertilizers, or herbicides. The Aigamo Robo farming relies on an automatic weed-suppressing robot that runs on solar panels, aiming to reduce the amount of weeding work required for pesticide-free cultivation. This job in the old days was achieved with ducks living in the rice paddies (see the label). With Aigamo Robo, rice fields that previously used pesticides have been converted to pesticide-free cultivation.

It is recommended to enjoy it chilled and, taking advantage of its slightly high acidity, pair it with dishes with a rich or acidic flavour, such as Wagyu steak, yakiniku, Mapo tofu, and chilli shrimp.



Toko Junmai Daiginjo Aigamo Robo Farming (東光 純米大吟醸 アイガモロボ農法) Toko Junmai Daiginjo Aigamo Robo Farming (東光 純米大吟醸 アイガモロボ農法) Toko Junmai Daiginjo Aigamo Robo Farming (東光 純米大吟醸 アイガモロボ農法) Toko Junmai Daiginjo Aigamo Robo Farming (東光 純米大吟醸 アイガモロボ農法) Toko Junmai Daiginjo Aigamo Robo Farming (東光 純米大吟醸 アイガモロボ農法) Toko Junmai Daiginjo Aigamo Robo Farming (東光 純米大吟醸 アイガモロボ農法)

Kojima Sōhonten Yonezawa Kojima Sōhonten Yonezawa

About the brewery

Brewery
Kojima Sōhonten
Name in Japanese
小嶋総本店
Address
2-3-22 Omachi, Yonezawa, Yamagata 992-0031
Phone
0238-21-6601
Website
Online store
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Tōkō Brewery in Yonezawa, Yamagata, has been operating continuously since 1597. Its beer is brewed in Kojima Sōhonten (小嶋総本店), which later became a purveyor to the Uesugi Family. The brewery and the adjacent Tōkō Sake Museum are just a stone's throw away from Yonezawa Castle.

Kojima Sōhonten was founded by Kojima Yazaemon in 1597 when he established Kojima Sakaya. During that time, Yonezawa was a territory of the Gamō clan, and Kojima Sakaya was responsible for brewing sake and running a pawnshop. Six years after the foundation of Kojima Sakaya, the Tokugawa shogunate was established in Edo. At the beginning of the Edo period, Uesugi Kanekatsu was assigned to relocate to Yonezawa. The Uesugi clan then remained in charge of the domain until the end of the Edo period.

Under the Uesugi clan, Kojima Sakaya became a purveyor to the family as a sake brewer. Even after alcohol prohibition began during a famine, they were among the few brewers permitted to continue operation. Kojima Sakaya has been operating in the exact location since at least the middle of the Edo period. In 1757, due to his contributions to the Uesugi clan and Yonezawa, Kojima Yazaemon was awarded the position of ward head and the family was permitted to use surnames and carry swords. Since then, the Kojima family has been treated as samurai and, in the Meiji period, is said to be shizoku (a descendant of a samurai).

Kojima Sakaya, the private industry of Kojima Yazaemon, became a stock company as Kojima Sōhonten in 1952. The name "Kojima Sohonten", meaning "the original", was chosen as more brewers, wholesalers, and retailers of alcohol products in Yonezawa named "Kojima" appeared. Most of these other companies were run by relatives of Kojima Yazaemon.

The Tōkō Sake Museum has the largest brewery exhibition in Tōhoku. It is housed in an original building built using the traditional method, which uses no nails. The brewery was later awarded the Yonezawa City Scenery Award. The Crown Prince and Princess visited the museum in 2003, and the 23rd Kojima Yazaemon (the current chairman) personally escorted them.

Tōkō won first place in Daiginjō in the International Wine Challenge 2014 sake competition, the world's largest yearly wine competition. The brewery received the award in London. Since then, it has been exported to more than ten countries.

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Colour / hue
Pale Yellow
Clarity
Clear
It has a very slight nose with almost no scent at all. Its flavour profile is characterized by a mild and smooth quality, with a notable acidity that complements savoury dishes well, including various Western meat preparations. The essence of Dewasanzan rice contributes a distinct intensity to the taste, which becomes more pronounced when the sake is served at room temperature. This makes it an excellent choice for those who appreciate understated flavours and enjoy pairing their drink with food. While some may desire a more substantial impact, the commitment to using pesticide-free and non-chemical fertilizers in cultivating Dewasanzan rice is a commendable aspect that adds value to this sake.

Tōkō Junmai Daiginjō Aigamo Robo Farming Tōkō Junmai Daiginjō Aigamo Robo Farming



Appearance: clear and lemon-green
Nose: clean and light
Aroma: koji
Sweetness: off-dry
Acidity: medium
Umami: medium-
Alcohol: medium-
Body: light
Flavour intensity: light
Flavour characteristics: kōji
Texture: light
Finish: short
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Category
Junmai Daiginjō
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Reviews
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Location
〒992-0031 山形県米沢市大町二丁目 3-22

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