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Tōkō Junmai Ginjō Dewa-San-San

Tōkō Junmai Ginjō Dewa-San-San is made of locally grown Dewa 33 rice milled to 55%. It is soft and delicate—a feminine and delicious sake that goes well with the Japanese dining table.
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Sake specs

Prefecture
Yamagata (山形)
Rice type
Dewa 33 (出羽燦々)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
55%
Alcohol content
15%
SMV
+1
Toko Junmai Ginjo Dewa-San-San

Tōkō Junmai Ginjō Dewa-San-San (東光 純米吟醸 出羽燦々) is made of locally grown Dewa 33 rice milled to 55%. Tōkō describes it as soft and delicate—a feminine and delicious sake that goes well with the Japanese dining table. It has a gentle aroma reminiscent of ripe melon and banana that can be enjoyed not only on its own but also as a complement to food.

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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 Sohonten (小嶋総本店), which later became the purveyor to the Uesugi Family. The brewery and the adjacent Tōkō Sake Museum are just a stone's throw away from Yonezawa Castle.

Kojima Sohonten 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 Sohonten 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.

Latest reviews

Colour / hue
Pale Yellow
Clarity
Clear
Toko's Dewa33 has a lot of acidity paired with a lovely umami and a refreshing bitterness. Overall, it is pretty mellow and well-rounded.

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sake information

Category
Junmai Ginjō
Added by
JREF
Views
631
Reviews
1
Last update
Rating
4.00 star(s) 1 ratings
Location
〒992-0031 山形県米沢市大町二丁目 3-22

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