Rice-Polishing Ratio: 70%
Brewery Location: Niigata
Food Pairings: Strongly Flavored Seafood Dishes, Parmesean Cheese
Tasting Notes: Well-rounded, clean and rich (yet avoiding any semblance of heaviness), Kikusui Junmai will nestle itself comfortably in the center of your palate like a cat sleeping in the sun. When the sake is warmed slightly the bouquet becomes bolder, plumper, and the flavors ripple from that snug center down to the tips of your fingers and nose. This sake is Kikusui's best brew to be enjoyed warm.
Awards: 85th Midwestern Japan Liquor Taxation Bureau Awards- Award of Excellence (2014)
83rd Midwestern Japan Liquor Taxation Bureau Awards- Award of Excellence (2012
Profile: Carrying 130 years’ worth of history on their shoulders, the Kikusui Sake Company is a brewery that fought to survive - and which ultimately flourished - in Niigata Prefecture. The name "Kikusui" is a reference to a Noh theatre play, wherein eternal life could be gained by drinking the dew (Sui) from the petals of chrysanthemums (Kiku) growing in secret pools on a mountain peak.
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 itself. They are proud to be the producer of their flagship product "Funaguchi" - Japan's first canned draft sake.