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Takara Mio Sparkling Sake

Mio Sparkling Sake is subtly sweet with crisp acidity; lively aromas, gentle sweetness, paired with refreshing acidity. A clean finish with a slightly puckering acidity.
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Sake specs

Prefecture
Kyōto (京都)
Rice type
Domestic rice (国産米)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
n/a
Alcohol content
5%
SMV
-70
Takara Shochikubai Shirakabegura Mio (澪) Sparkling

Takara's Shochikubai Shirakabegura Mio (澪) Sparkling Sake is made of only rice, kōji, and water. It is uniquely refreshing, fruity, and balanced with crisp acidity. The character 澪 (mio) evokes images of the delicate foam emerging in a ship's wake, this sparkling sake is a light refresher representing a new wave of Japanese sake.

Sparkling and subtly sweet with crisp acidity. Lively aromas of grape and ripe pear rise out of the light effervescence which presents the palate with a gentle sweetness paired with refreshing acidity. A clean finish with a slightly puckering acidity brings to mind the sensation of drinking sparkling white wine.

Best consumed chilled to approximately 10°C in a wine glass or tumbler, or heated to 40°C to enjoy how the warmth adds body, subtly brings out its acidity, and gives it a slightly more pronounced aroma and expanded fragrance. An excellent match with lightly seasoned foods and sashimi.


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About the brewery

Brewery
Takara Shuzō
Name in Japanese
宝酒造
Address
609 Higashifu, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto 612-8353
Phone
075-241-5111
Website
Nowadays, Takara Shuzo Co. is a subsidiary of Takara Holding. The company produces sake, shōchū (it is Japan's largest shōchū distiller), chūhai, whisky as well as seasonings. Takara Shuzo also owns the Tomatin distillery of Highland single malt scotch whisky. The holding company was established in 2001. The original sake brewery was set up in 1842. Later, in 1864, the brewery started to manufacture shōchū and mirin. Takara Shuzo Co., Ltd was established in 1925 and created its brand Shōchikubai (松竹梅) in 1933. After WWII, Takara expanded into the US where it established a subsidiary, Takara Sake USA Inc. in 1983. In 2017, Takara Shuzo International Co., Ltd was founded. New sake products include Shirakabegura Mio sparkling sake.

Latest reviews

Colour / hue
Pale Yellow
Clarity
Clear
According to Nikkei magazine, Mio Sparkling Sake has catapulted Takara to the top spot of Japan's sake breweries, at least in terms of volume. Sparkling sake has been seeing increasing popularity in the past few years, not only among the ladies and sake novices. However, the unusual design and colouring of the bottle seem to indicate that precisely this clientele has been on Takara's radar. The alcohol volume of the Mio is low, just about 5%. No surprise, it is moderately sweet and fizzy, with a floral nose and hints of apples and pears. It is very light and smooth on the palate, crisp. Clean finish. We had it as an aperitif, but it could be well enjoyed with a sweet desert or savoury, spicy dishes. Best served cold. We gave it four stars compared to other sparkling sake we have tried in the past.

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Category
Sparkling
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Reviews
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Rating
4.00 star(s) 1 ratings
Location
〒612-8353 京都府京都市伏見区東府609 宝酒造伏見工場

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