The epitome of the “local” farm-to-table movement, this sake is made only with rice, water, and labor from its own prefecture. Ama No To translates to “Heaven’s Door,” referring to the prefecture which is at the northernmost tip of Japan. The label image is an icon of good fortune from Amaterasu, the Shinto Sun Goddess who is believed to have brought light to the world and cultivated Japan’s first rice fields.
As the first Japanese sake on tap, Bushido represents the endless possibility of innovation in a category that is steeped in ancient history. Available at select restaurants, bars, and Izakayas, this draft sake is perfect for sipping or cocktails. Way of the Warrior pays homage to the code of honor and morals developed by the Japanese samurai that stresses loyalty, self-discipline, and bravery.
A commitment from the brewery to make premium sake despite agricultural hardships like those of WWII. Until this sake came along in the 1960’s, all sake had distilled alcohol added to it due to rice shortages and war rationing. After the war, Chiyonosono crafted the first junmai sake (brewed without distilled alcohol nor additives of any kind) and celebrated by sharing it from a large, red lacquered sake cup called a Shuhai.
Miho-san revived Hattanso rice, an extinct heirloom breed, by devoting over 10 years of her life to learning how to grow it and brew with it. Female brewery owner and Toji, Miho Imada, mills the rice for this sake less than most Junmais because she believes it results in the best expression of rice flavor, balance, and complexity.
Drip-pressed in an ice igloo, this ultra-luxurious Junmai Daiginjo is surprisingly food friendly. Drip-pressing, or "shizuku" is a rarity by itself, and this is the only sake in the world drip-pressed in an ice igloo. Inside, the temperature remains about 28˚ F with 90% humidity. Bacteria cannot survive in these conditions, allowing the brewery to make the cleanest, most pure ultra-premium sake possible.
This savory sake is inspired by local legends of Niigata's annual fox-bride festival. Local lore tells of mysterious lights that appeared on nearby Mt. Kirin in the distant past, which are claimed to be the lanterns carried in the fox-bride procession. With a 50% polishing rate, this sake could technically qualify as a Junmai Daiginjo, but the savory notes and food pairing versatility identify more with the style expected from Junmai Ginjo.
Brewed in the same way with the same ingredients as Pearls of Simplicity but with a touch of distilled alcohol to open up aromatics and lighten the overall impact. Konteki means “dew drops of the earth” while Higashiyama (the brewery name) translates to “eastern hill.“ Brewery workers have been known to start their days watching the sun rise over the mountains until the dew drops glisten as if they were the Tears of Dawn.
Aged in tank for 3 years, this umami-rich sake finishes dry and clean from precise fermentation and water minerality. This unusual juxtaposition makes it stand out as a savory sake that will not weigh you down. Star-Filled Sky is brewed in Japan’s least populated prefecture where there is an abundance of natural elements available. This isolation leads to nights with complete darkness, where the stars are in full view.
The medium-hard water in Iwate gives this sake marked minerality, but it is brewed to highlight elegance and femininity. “Nanbu Bijin” means “Southern Beauty” and is a Japanese term that celebrates the beauty of women, interpreted as the brewery’s vision to create a delicate sophistication in its sake. The local Ginginga rice used for this sake took over eight years to develop and perfect.
Brewed with a newly developed rice called Kan no Mai that withstands cold climates and is full of smoky, saline rice flavors. The rice name is a word made of the Japanese characters "Kan," translated to "God," and "Mai," meaning dance or stage. The specific milling rate of 68% employed in this sake results in a one-of-a-kind flavor profile.
Bright and refreshing, this sake is the perfect choice for daytime drinking and is the brewery employees’ drink of choice. The juniper botanicals and cucumber notes make it the perfect gin lover’s sake. It is named after the brewery founder who fought many battles near the ruins of Takatenjin Castle. It is very close to being a Ginjo but reined in by flavors and aromas to allow more easy drinking.
A go-to sake for barbeque, this rustic, high acid sake is a great representation of traditional Junmai style that you would find in Izakayas throughout Japan. The brewery name, Tentaka, translates to “hawk in the heavens,” a prosperous Japanese symbol that is thought to bring good fortune to the brewery.
Local, all-natural aodani plums are soaked in Tozai sake for over three months resulting in an incredibly balanced sake with tart, juicy acidity on the finish. Plum blossoms are known as "The Flowers of Peace" in Japan and symbolize growth, renewal, and awakening.
Rich texture and bold umami flavors are expressed by Toji Miho-san's experimental brewing methods including 1 year of bottle aging. Eternal Embers is named for a local "river-crossing" festival wherein an ancient Japanese prince is reunited with his beloved princess. Torches are used to light the way to their joyous once-yearly reunion.