Toku Yamahai Junmai Ginjo “Old Virtue”
The Tajima Brewery specializes in the “yamahai” method of making sake. Most breweries stopped using this method in the early 1900’s but revived their use of it recently with specialty releases. The traditional "yamahai" method takes three times longer than the modern method, "sokujo", but it gives the sake a layered, complex flavor and style. Because the Tajima’s never stopped, but only continued refining this technique, their yamahai is nuanced and elegant.
On the nose, this sake shows banana and toffee. On the palate, it is fruity with notes of pear and lychee.
Rice: Koshi no shizuku (from Fukui)
Rice Polishing: 55%
Sake Meter Value: +1.7
ABV: 15 - 16%
Pasteurization: Once, in bottle
points of distinction
- Founded in 1849, the Tajima Brewery specializes in the production of yamahai sake.
- The traditional yamahai method takes 30 days instead of 10 days as in the modern method, but it gives the sake a layered and complex flavor and style.
Fuku means “happiness” and Chitose means “forever.” Their mascot is an owl, which is loved throughout Japan as a bird that brings good luck.