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Purple Warrior, Hyakujyuro Yamahai Junmai Sake, Hayashi Honten Brewery

Purple Warrior, Hyakujyuro Yamahai Junmai Sake, Hayashi Honten Brewery

Hayashi Honten Brewery | Code:  45642 | Rice | Light-Medium Bodied, Dry | 15.0 % alcohol

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Hayashi Honten Brewery

Hayashi Honten Brewery

Founded in 1920, Hayashi Honten is a young brewery in sake terms. In fact, they are considered to be among the more dynamic and innovative brewers, whilst still honouring the traditional methods and doing everything by hand. Their ‘Purple Warrior’ is made using the traditional Yamahai method of initiating fermentation, which give this sake a greater intensity of flavour than is found in sake produced using more modern and efficient techniques.

The Grape

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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