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Tamagawa Shizenshikomi Yamahai Junmai Nigori

Tamagawa Shizenshikomi Yamahai Junmai Nigori is made of Kitanishiki rice grown in Hyogo Prefecture and milled to 66% and blurs the line between liquid and solid; this nigorizake needs thorough mixing before opening.
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Sake specs

Prefecture
Kyōto (京都)
Rice type
Kitanishiki (北錦)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
66%
Alcohol content
17-18%
Tamagawa Shizenshikomi Yamahai Junmai Nigori (玉川 自然仕込 山廃純米にごり)

Tamagawa Shizenshikomi Yamahai Junmai Nigori (玉川 自然仕込 山廃純米にごり) is made of Kitanishiki rice grown in Hyogo Prefecture and milled to 66%. Blurring the line between liquid and solid, this nigorizake needs thorough shaking before opening to ensure that the second half remains fluid enough to follow the first half out of the bottle. The taste is no less dense than the texture, but heating loosens up a lovely soft element not available in the stiffer mix when served cold. We bottle this as a limited edition a few times yearly, including one or two bottlings in yamahai style.



Tamagawa Shizenshikomi Yamahai Junmai Nigori (玉川 自然仕込 山廃純米にごり) Tamagawa Shizenshikomi Yamahai Junmai Nigori (玉川 自然仕込 山廃純米にごり) Tamagawa Shizenshikomi Yamahai Junmai Nigori (玉川 自然仕込 山廃純米にごり) Tamagawa Shizenshikomi Yamahai Junmai Nigori (玉川 自然仕込 山廃純米にごり) Tamagawa Shizenshikomi Yamahai Junmai Nigori (玉川 自然仕込 山廃純米にごり)

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, Sakane Katsusuke's innovative design for the brewery's logo represents the new Tamagawa. It is now widely known as the 'Marutama mark' (丸玉マーク).

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Colour / hue
Colourless
Clarity
Very cloudy
Tamagawa's Nigori has a robust lactic aroma complemented by a citrusy tang and discernible alcoholic warmth. Rich, yoghurt-like creaminess envelops the palate in a velvety embrace, surprisingly less sweet than one might anticipate yet counterbalanced by lively acidity. The finish lingers, characterized by a pronounced acidity and a subtle hint of bitterness, contributing to the sake's overall harmony and versatility. Overall, a well-rounded and well-balanced nigori can also be enjoyed with more savoury or spicy food or - on a hot summer day - on the rocks or mixed with soda or sparkling mineral water.


Tamagawa Shizenshikomi Yamahai Junmai Nigori Tamagawa Shizenshikomi Yamahai Junmai Nigori



Appearance: thick leas and colourless (white)
Nose: clean and pronounced
Aroma: lactic/dairy, sweet
Sweetness: medium-dry
Acidity: medium
Umami: medium
Alcohol: high
Body: medium+
Flavour intensity: medium+
Flavour characteristics: lactic/dairy, sweet, slightly acid
Texture: rich and creamy
Finish: long
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Category
Nigorizake
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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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