Yamahai Junmai “Happy Owl”

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Fuku Chitose

Yamahai Junmai “Happy Owl”

Region: Japan / Fukui

Founded in 1849, the Tajima Brewery is managed by the 6th generation of the family. The brewery specializes in the production of yamahai sake. The traditional yamahai method of brewing sake takes 3 times longer than modern methods, but it gives the sake an exceptionally layered and complex flavor. The Tajima family named their sake Fuku Chitose to express their wish that their sake will always bring happiness to those who drink it. Fuku means “happiness” while chitose means “forever”.

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Silver Medal

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tasting note

Savory aromas of pumpkin and spices with complex earthy flavors. The finish is dry and long lasting.

food pairing

Serve at room temperature or warmed with slow-cooked pork belly, braised short rib, and nutty cheese.

Region: Fukui
Grade: Junmai
Seimaibuai: 60%
Nihonshudo: +3.0
ABV: 15.2%
Rice: Gohyaku Mangoku
Yeast: #10
Pressing: Yabuta
Brewery: Tajima

points of distinction

  • Founded in 1849, the Tajima Brewery specializes in the production of yamahai sake.
  • The traditional yamahai method takes three times longer than modern methods, but it gives the sake an exceptionally layered and complex flavor.
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Fuku means “happiness” and chitose means “forever.” Their mascot is an owl, which is loved throughout Japan as a bird that brings luck.

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