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Tamagawa Ice Breaker Junmai Ginjō Muroka Namagenshu

Tamagawa Ice Breaker Junmai Ginjō Muroka Namagenshu is made of Nihonbare rice from Shiga Prefecture milled to 60%. Ice Breaker alleviates the heat and humidity of the Japanese summer, just as nihonshu breaks the ice in a social context.
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Sake specs

Prefecture
Kyōto (京都)
Rice type
Nihonbare (日本晴)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
60%
Alcohol content
17-18%
Tamagawa Ice Breaker Junmai Ginjo Muroka Namagenshu (玉川 Ice Breaker 純米吟醸 無濾過生原酒)

Tamagawa Ice Breaker Junmai Ginjō Muroka Namagenshu (玉川 Ice Breaker 純米吟醸 無濾過生原酒) is made of Nihonbare rice from Shiga Prefecture milled to 60%. Ice Breaker alleviates the heat and humidity of the Japanese summer, just as nihonshu breaks the ice in social situations. Deep-flavoured, spicy, unpasteurised genshu over ice is both refreshing and satisfying, and the intricate variations of flavour and aroma as the temperature and alcohol level shift are endlessly fascinating. It is part of Kinoshita's "3U" series (undiluted, unpasteurised, unfiltered) and is available from May to August.

According to Kinoshita, Ice Breaker can be stored at room temperature or even matured.


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About the brewery

Brewery
Kinoshita Shuzō
Name in Japanese
木下酒造
Address
1512 Kumihamachō Koyama, Kyōtango, Kyōto 629-3442
Phone
0772-82-0071
Website
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Kinoshita Shuzō, in Kōyama, Kyōtango, Kyōto Prefecture, was founded in 1842 by the fifth head of the Kinoshita family, Kinoshita Zenbei (木下善兵衛), who reportedly used the harvest from almost thirty hectares of rice fields and the copious spring water gushing from the mountain behind the brewery. The hereditary name Zenbei was passed down to the 6th and 7th generations. Then, the company was led by the 8th, 9th and 10th generations (Sentaro, Zenichiro and Juichi, respectively) before being handed on to Kinoshita Yoshito, the current president and the 11th in line.

The brand name Tamagawa can be translated as "Jewel River." The name is thought to refer to the Kawakamidani River, which flows by the brewery. The character 玉 (tama) means a jewel and has sacred implications in Japan's native Shinto. 川 (kawa or gawa in compound words) means river.

Kinoshita Shuzō is one of the few Japanese breweries with a foreign tōji, Philip Harper. Born in the UK, he graduated from Oxford University. He taught English under the JET programme until he discovered sake. He worked at Umenoyado Sake Brewery for ten years before taking and passing the Nanbu Tōji Association's qualification test in 2001, earning him the title of 'Tōji'. He was the first foreigner to become a toji (and the only one at the time). He then worked at Umenoyado Shuzō, Daimon Shuzō and other breweries before becoming tōji at Kinoshita Shuzō in 2008.

Kinoshita Yoshito gave him full responsibility for everything except following the locally favoured taste of regular sake and daiginjō. He immediately began producing kimoto sake, which does not use brewing lactic acid, and yamahai, which uses only natural yeast from the brewery. In addition to new sake types like 'Icebreaker' and 'Time Machine', Tamagawa's legacy is reflected in the sake he produces.

Along with the new master brewer, the brewery's logo was redesigned with an innovative design by Sakane Katsusuke to symbolise the new Tamagawa. It is now widely known as the 'Marutama mark' (丸玉マーク).

Latest reviews

Colour / hue
Pale Yellow
Clarity
Clear
Tamagawa's Ice Breaker is one of the few sake recommended to drink on the rocks! It presents a clear, pale yellow appearance with a clean and light nose, exuding a fruity and sweet aroma—off-dry sweetness, medium-plus acidity, and umami, paired with high alcohol content. The body is medium, and the flavour intensity ranges from medium-plus to pronounced, featuring distinctive notes of namazake, fungi, and lactic elements. The smooth texture leads to a medium finish that leaves a sour tingle and a refreshing bitter tail. The intense flavours are a packed blend of apricot, over-roasted tea, and roasted sugar, reminiscent of wasanbon—a traditional, delicately sweet, and finely textured sugar from Shikoku. The complex afternotes are a magnificent mix of light brown sugar syrup, nuanced rice, and citrusy undertones, all coexisting harmoniously.

We enjoyed it chilled, right from the refrigerator and on the rocks. It was marvellous.

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Category
Junmai Ginjō
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Location
〒629-3442 京都府京丹後市久美浜町甲山1512

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