Kameizumi hails from Kochi prefecture in Shikoku. Shikoku is the large island off the mainland of Honshu. Kochi prefecture is famous in the sake industry for its bold experimentation with sake yeast. The main family yeasts Kochi has developed start with “CEL” in the name. Despite its small size, because of their bold collaboration with the Kochi sake research institute, Kameizumi earned the nickname, the “CEL Brewery”.
The Kameizumi Junmai Ginjo Namazake Genshu is made with the most special CEl-24 yeast. This yeast ferments slowly, creating twice the ethyl caproate and malic acid as other Kochi yeasts. It is the most aromatic sake yeast ever developed in Japan and can only be used by breweries located in Kochi prefecture. This results in a sake that is juicy, funky, super fragrant, with high acidity and low alcohol. A truly unique sake that has become a cult favorite.
Immediately showing the yeasty, bisquity nose of a “namazake,” this sake is luscious, fruity, and soft on the palate. It is a -20 on the Sake Meter Scale, which identifies it as very fruity.