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Yamanashi Meijo Shichiken Furinbizan Junmai

The Shichiken Furinbizan Junma has hints of porridge with nectarine jam, off-dry with refreshing acidity and texture like tweed; very tidy but flavorful umami fills the mouth releasing oats and nuts before a dry finish.
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Sake specs

Prefecture
Yamanashi (山梨)
Rice type
Domestic rice (国産米)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
70%
Alcohol content
15%
Shichiken Furinbizan Junmai (七賢 風凛美山 純米) is named after the beauty of the nearby Mount Kaikoma. Hints of porridge with nectarine jam. Off-dry with refreshing acidity and texture like tweed. Very tidy but flavorful umami fills the mouth releasing oats and nuts before a dry finish. Delicious at any temperature, but warm up to unleash even more flavour. The brewery recommends pairing it with yakitori, sauteed dishes, roast chicken or sardines.

Awards:

  • Platinum in Junmai category from Kura Master 2020
  • Prize in Junmai category from International Wine Challenge 2020 Sake
  • Gold in Junmai category and Great Value Sake Award from International Wine Challenge 2019 Sake
  • Platinum in Junmai Daiginjo category from Kura Master 2019
  • Prize in Junmai category from International Wine Challenge 2020 Sake
  • Silver in Junmai category from Sake Competition 2018
  • Bronze in Junmai category from International Wine Challenge 2017 Sake

Shichiken Furinbizan Junmai (七賢 風凛美山 純米)


Shichiken Furinbizan Junmai (七賢 風凛美山 純米) Shichiken Furinbizan Junmai (七賢 風凛美山 純米) Shichiken Furinbizan Junmai (七賢 風凛美山 純米)

About the brewery

Brewery
Yamanashi Meijō Brewery
Name in Japanese
山梨銘醸株式会社
Address
2283 Hakushucho Daigahara, Hokuto, Yamanashi 408-031
Phone
0551-352-236
Website
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Yamanashi Meijō Brewery is located in Hakushu-cho, Hokuto City in Yamanashi Prefecture. Hokuto is famous for its quiet greenery and natural beauty. Rain and snowmelt from Mount Kaikoma (甲斐駒ヶ岳 Kaikoma-ga-take) upstream seep into the ground and is slowly polished over a long period by layers of granite. The resulting subsoil water is soft and transparent. This area has whiskey distilleries, mineral water factories, long-established Japanese confectionery stores, and confectionery manufacturers, all of which enjoy the rich blessings of local nature.

The brewery was founded in 1750 by Kitahara Ibei (北原伊兵衛), a descendant of the Kitahara family who had been brewing sake for generations in Shinshū (modern-day Nagano Prefecture). The name 'Shichiken' (七賢) was given to their sake in 1835 after the Lord of Takato Castle gave the brewery a pair of fanlights entitled "Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove" as a gift. The backroom of the main building, which the Meiji Emperor used as his temporary lodging during his visit in 1880, has been designated as a national heritage site and is open to the public along with the brewery. In recent years, the brewery has become popular as a tourist spot where visitors can spend a leisurely time, as it operates a restaurant that serves dishes using fermentation technology and a café that uses koji sugar, a sweetener made from rice malt.

Latest reviews

Fruity with lotsa umami
Colour / hue
Pale Yellow
Clarity
Clear
The brewery calls it hints of porridge with nectarine jam; to me, it was grapes with sweetish overtones. It has a slight tartness and finishes with a dry and spicy endnote. So far, all the Shichiken we have tried were highly satisfactory.
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Category
Junmai
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Rating
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Location
〒408-0312 山梨県北杜市白州町台ヶ原2283

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