Rice-Polishing Ratio: 55%
Brewery Location: Iwate
Food Pairings: White Fish Sashimi, Carpaccio
Tasting Notes: Jucier and fruitier than regular Nanbu Bijin Tokubetsu Junmai, this is the Nama (unpasturized) version. Has a pillowy texture, fresh taste, and smooth swallow. Only sold once a year, so put in your orders early.
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.