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Tamagawa Tokubetsu Junmai Muroka Namagenshu

Tamagawa Tokubetsu Junmai Muroka Namagenshu is made of Gohyakumangoku rice milled to 65%. It is a limited edition that is available after pressing (December to April).
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Sake specs

Prefecture
Kyōto (京都)
Rice type
Gohyakumangoku (五百万石)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
65%
Alcohol content
17-20%
Tamagawa Tokubetsu Junmai Muroka Namagenshu (玉川 特別純米酒 無濾過生原酒)

Tamagawa Tokubetsu Junmai Muroka Namagenshu (玉川 特別純米酒 無濾過生原酒) is made of Gohyakumangoku rice milled to 65%. It is a limited edition available after pressing (December to April). The flavour shifts as freshly pressed shinshu morphs into mature sake are one of the sake world's great pleasures. Tamagawa's limited "3U" editions offer the chance to taste the unpolished raw material of freshly pressed, untreated sake. Some of these products are blended as regular products, so they can only be tasted in this form.

"3U" stands for "undiluted, unpasteurized, and unfiltered".

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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, 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).

Latest reviews

Colour / hue
Pale Yellow
Clarity
Clear
This is another of Tamagawa's outstanding 3U series. The Tokubetsu Junmai Muroka Namagenshu has a clear, pale-yellow hue and a clean, light nose with fruity aromas of grapes, banana, pears, and citric notes. It is off-dry with medium acidity and umami, high alcohol content, and a full body. The flavour is immensely rich and dense, with pronounced intensity and a creamy texture that combines the sweetness derived from the rice with refreshing acidity and pleasing bitterness. Medium finish with a sour tail. Initially, the sake offers a gentle and creamy entry that transitions into a refreshing and dry mouthfeel with a crispness and slight acidity balanced by a fruity sweetness and rice flavours. As it reaches room temperature, it becomes milder and velvety. This excellent food sake pairs well with sushi and savoury meat dishes. Did we mention it's strong?

Tamagawa Tokubetsu Junmai Muroka Namagenshu tTamagawa Tokubetsu Junmai Muroka Namagenshu



Appearance: clear and lemon-green
Nose: clean and light
Aroma: fruity (grapes, banana, pears, citric), green
Sweetness: off-dry
Acidity: medium
Umami: medium
Alcohol: high
Body: full
Flavour intensity: pronounced
Flavour characteristics: rich, dense, creamy with plenty of sweetness from the rice, refreshing acidity, and pleasing bitterness.
Texture: creamy
Finish: medium with a sour tail.
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Category
Tokubetsu Junmai
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Rating
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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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