- Gifu (岐阜)
- Rice type
- Yamada Nishiki (山田錦)
- Polishing rate (semaibuai)
- Alcohol content
Hōrai Watanabe Irootoko Junmai Daiginjō (蓬莱 純米大吟醸 色おとこ) is made of Yamadanishiki milled to 45%. It is fruity, sweet and slightly rich, leaving an elegant overall impression. According to the brewery, the owner of one best host clubs in Japan requested they produce an elegant sake befitting their establishment that pleases the ladies as much as champagne and cocktails. Hōrai crafted the Irootoko ("lady killer"). Best served well chilled and paired with white fish sashimi, steamed chicken and salad.
- 2019 International Wine Challenge Silver
- 2020 International Wine Challenge Commended
- 2020 The Fine Sake Award Gold Medal
- 2021 International Wine Challenge Bronze
- 2021 Kura Master Gold Award
- 2021 Bordeaux Sake Challenge Gold
- 2022 International Wine Challenge Bronze
Tasting notes IWC 2021
Aroma of floral notes with young melon, creamy rice pudding. Rounded body, with notes of cotton candy and fruit syrup.
About the brewery
- Hōrai Watanabe Shuzōten
- Name in Japanese
- 蓬莱 渡辺酒造店
- 7-7 Furukawachō Ichinomachi, Hida, Gifu 509-4234
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 all over the country 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.