Japanese Sake List
Information on hundreds of Sakes, including photos of bottles, spec sheets, and brewery information
Class: Junmai Ginjo
Rice-Polishing Ratio: 55%
Brewery Location: Niigata
Food Pairings: Pair with bold Fall flavors to experience the change of seasons
Tasting Notes: This seasonal sake is a lip-smacking treat for the fall! The balance evident in every sip is achieved through the Edo-era method of aging the bottles in the coolest part of the brewery from spring to fall. They doze there from the end of previous brewing season until the chill (Hiya) of fall creeps in , when the brewery drops (Oroshi) the sake into the market. This sake has a round, lively personality with notes of rice, honey, and roasted nuts.
Profile: With 130 years of history on their shoulders, the Kikusui Sake Company of Niigata prefecture built themselves up from the bottom. The name "Kikusui" is a reference to a Noh theatre play, wherein the dew (Sui) from the petals of chrysanthemums (Kiku) grant eternal life.
In 2004 they established the Kikusui Sake Research Institute in an effort to both raise the bar on the quality of their offerings and wrestle with concepts such as enjoyment of sake, and sake culture. They are proud to produce "Funaguchi" - Japan's first commercially available Nama (unpasteurized) sake.