Class: Junmai Ginjo
Rice-Polishing Ratio: 50%
Brewery Location: Iwate
Food Pairings: Sashimi, Teriyaki, Cheese Dishes
Tasting Notes: Miyama nishiki rice is polished down to 50% to brew this light sake and create it’s mellow, comforting aroma. Like its namesake “Ruten” (meaning “constant change”) the flavors change and evolve with each sip of clean, masterfully crafted sake.
Profile: The brewery was established in 1902, and the Nanbu Bijin brand name came to be in 1951. The Iwate area used to be called Nanbu (South), and is a place rich with nature, abundant water and fertile soil. In Japan, most breweries of the time made quite rough, inelegant, sweet sake, but this brewery wanted to make clean & beautiful sake like a fair southern maiden. Hence, the name Nanbu Bijin, or Southern Beauty.
MTC Sake is the Japanese Beverage branch of New York Mutual Trading Company.