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Watanabe Hōrai Komachi Sakura Betsugakoi

Watanabe Hōrai Komachi Sakura Betsugakoi is made of Hidahomare rice milled to 68%. It is authentic sake, emphasising traditional flavours. It has a full-bodied taste even when cold, and its flavour is even more delicious when heated.
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Sake specs

Prefecture
Gifu (岐阜)
Rice type
Hidahomare (ひだほまれ)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
68%
Alcohol content
16%
SMV
-3
Acidity
1.4
Watanabe Horai Komachi Sakura Betsugakoi (渡辺酒造 蓬莱 小町桜 別囲い)

Watanabe Hōrai Komachi Sakura Betsugakoi (渡辺酒造 蓬莱 小町桜 別囲い) is made of Hidahomare rice milled to 68%. It is authentic sake brewed by skilled brewers who emphasise traditional flavours. It has a full-bodied taste even when cold, and its flavour is even more delicious when heated. The gentle, sweet taste is a traditional taste fostered by Hida's extremely cold brewing.

Komachi Sakura Betsukuroi was awarded the International Wine Challenge (IWC) Gold Prize in the Futsushu category three times a row, having passed the 6% prize threshold. It also won the Gifu Prefecture Trophy and the Great Value Sake, awarded to the most outstanding brands among the Gold Award winners, and celebrated as Great Value Champion at IWC 2020.


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Hōrai Watanabe Shuzōten (蓬莱 渡辺酒造店)

About the brewery

Brewery
Hōrai Watanabe Shuzōten
Name in Japanese
蓬莱 渡辺酒造店
Address
7-7 Furukawachō Ichinomachi, Hida, Gifu 509-4234
Phone
0577-73-0012
Website
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The town of Furukawa in Hida, where the Hōrai Brewery is located, lies in the Furukawa Basin in the northernmost part of Gifu Prefecture, surrounded by the Northern Alps and the Hida Mountains, which are over 3,000 metres in altitude. "The townscape of Hida Furukawa has a splendid, graceful and ancient character. The town is not a tourist destination so that you can feel its unspoilt appearance, expression and even personality," said author Shiba Ryōtarō (司馬 遼太郎, 1923-1996) in his book 'Kaidō wo Yuku. Ichino-cho, with its rows of old merchant houses with protruding wooden latticework, has a calm atmosphere, and the Setogawa riverbank, with its rows of storehouses with white and black hip walls, still exudes a tranquil atmosphere.

In 1732, Watanabe Kyuemon (渡邉久右衛門) established a business under the name 'Aragiya' (荒城屋), while Kyuemon II started a money-changing business and also produced raw silk to sell to Kyōto. In 1870, the fifth generation of Watanabe started brewing sake, which became very popular. It is written that while singing Noh songs at a feast to enjoy sake, he got intoxicated by the indescribable droplets of gems. During the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa eras, he visited famous breweries nationwide and strived to learn sake brewing techniques. Wakayama Bokusui (若山牧水, 1885-1928) and other writers and artists visiting Hida loved it, and Hōrai gradually became known to sake connoisseurs. It has been highly praised as a representative sake of Hida, rooted in the local climate, and has been loved by locals for a long time as a part of the joy of life with seasonal ingredients.

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Colour / hue
Pale Yellow
Clarity
Clear
Watanabe Hōrai Komachi Sakura Betsugakoi offers a nose reminiscent of dried fruits and narazuke pickles, complemented by lactic elements. Its full and rich flavour profile features deep aromas of ripe fruits, a creamy sweetness, and subtle acidity. The medium-dry palate leads to a mellow finish with a lingering, slightly bitter tingle.

Watanabe Hōrai Komachi Sakura Betsugakoi Watanabe Hōrai Komachi Sakura Betsugakoi



Appearance: clear and lemon-green
Nose: clean and medium
Aroma: fruity (ripe), floral, lactic
Sweetness: medium-sweet
Acidity: medium
Umami: medium
Alcohol: medium
Body: light to medium
Flavour intensity: medium
Flavour characteristics: sweetness of ripe fruits, crisp, spicy
Texture: medium, creamy
Finish: lingering, mellow, bitter

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Category
Futsu
Added by
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Views
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Reviews
1
Last update
Rating
4.00 star(s) 1 ratings
Location
〒509-4234 岐阜県飛騨市古川町壱之町7−7

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