Tatenokawa, Phoenix, Junmai Daiginjo, Yamagata Prefecture, Sake, Japan (14%)

Tatenokawa, Phoenix, Junmai Daiginjo, Yamagata Prefecture, Sake, Japan (14%)

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Tatenokawa, Phoenix, Junmai Daiginjo, Yamagata Prefecture, Sake, Japan (14%)

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Tatenokawa

Tatenokawa

Although this brewery was founded in 1832, it has its eyes firmly on the future. The current, sixth-generation president, Sato Junpei, leads a young team (all in their 30s) and strives to make the best sake in Japan.

When Sato took over the brewery in 2001, he was faced with a difficult decision; like many breweries, sales were slow with fridges full of unsold stock. Sato-san had to decide whether to end 170 years of sake-making history or to find a way to reinvigorate his brewery. He chose the latter, focusing on quality by drastically cutting the number of products to just one, and reducing production volumes as well.

Tatenokawa now makes only Junmai Daiginjo, the equivalent of a Premier Cru in the sake world. These sakes are made using highly polished rice, and have no spirit added during the production process. The result is pure and delicate sakes with subtle fruity and floral notes and a silk-like texture.

Based in Yamagata, Tatenokawa uses locally grown rice where possible, including the beautiful Dewasansan. The surrounding mountain ranges of Mt Chokkai, Gassan and Yudono provide a never-ending supply of excellent water, vital in the production of high-quality sake.

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Rice

Rice

Alcoholic beverages made from rice, are based on the fermentation of rice starch which converts to natural sugars and alcohol. Unlike the production of beer which utilises mashing to convert starch to sugars, the rice beverage making relies on action of acids or enzymes like amylase.

Rice-based beverages typically have a higher alcohol content, 18%–25% abv, than still wine (9%–15%), and a higher alcohol content than the standard beers (usually 4%–6%).

Sake (a Japanese rice-based brewed alcohol) is misleadingly referred to as Rice Wine, although unlike wine, in which alcohol is produced by fermenting sugar that is naturally present in grapes, sake is produced by means of a brewing process more akin to beer.

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