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Takao no Tengu Junmai Ginjo

A junmai ginjō of limited edition made of rice produced in Hachiōji.

Sake specs

Prefecture
Nagano (長野)
Rice type
Domestic rice (国産米)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
55%
Alcohol content
16%
SMV
-1
Acidity
1.3
Takao no Tengu (高尾の天狗) is a limited-edition junmai ginjō made of different rice types (Miyamanishiki, Gohyakumangoku, etc.) and Hachiōji Takatsuki Kinuhikari rice produced by farmers from Hachiōji. The words "Takao no Tengu" on the label were designed by the 32nd head of Takaosan Yakuoin Temple (髙尾山 薬王院 有喜寺), Ōyama Ryūgen (大山隆玄). The Tengu and the fan are from an illustration on display at the Yakuoin. In 2014, the "Hachi-Project&TOKYO (Hachipro はちぷろ)" was launched to revitalise Hachiōji through brewing sake. Hachipro brings together farmers, sake brewers and retailers in Hachioji to let the public experience the whole process from rice production to sake production and bring together restaurants, retailers and the public.

Takao no Tengu has a full aroma and a soft, crisp rice taste. It is the perfect sake to accompany all dishes and to complement them. It is best served chilled or lukewarm.

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In the autumn, the brewery releases a hiyaoroshi version of its Takao no Tengu. Hiyaoroshi (冷やおろし) is brewed in early spring and stored during summer; around September, the sake is ready for consumption without pasteurisation; it has a deep-matured aroma and is sold only in September and October as a seasonal sake of limited production. Takao no Tengu Hiyaoroshi develops its flavour over the summer and has a mild aroma and a full flavour.

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About the brewery

Brewery
Maihime Sake Brewery Co., Ltd.
Japanese name
株式会社舞姫
Address
2-9-25 Suwa, Nagano 392-0004
Phone
0266-520-078
Website
Maihime Sake Brewery is located in Suwa, Nagano Prefecture. Along Kōshū Kaidō (甲州街道) in Suwa, five sake breweries stand side by side over a distance of just 500 metres. Each brewery uses the same subterranean water from the Kirikamine mountains for its brewing water, but each has its unique character. The five breweries have come to be known as the "Five Suwa Breweries" (諏訪五蔵 Suwa gozō). Maihime, one of the five Suwa breweries, started brewing sake in Suwa in 1894.

Latest reviews

Colour / hue
Pale Yellow
Clarity
Clear
We have tried both the "regular" Takao no Tengu and the hiyaoroshi variation. It is an excellent junmai ginjo with a distinctly sweet fragrance—a fruity and floral nose with hints of fungi and koji and a rich and well-balanced body. Having matured over the summer, the hiyaoroshi appears to be a tad richer and crispier.
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Location
〒392-0004 長野県諏訪市諏訪2丁目9−25

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