The Gold and Trophy winner at the International Wine Challnge (IWC-London) in 2013 and 2015. Round, mellow, off-dry, clean finish. This is the pinnacle of uma-kuchi (umami-rich) honjozo sake made by Takeda Shuzoten, a boutique sake house in the south-western part of Niigata Prefecture.
Brand : Katafune [Kah-tah-foo-né]
Nickname : gLagoon Boath
Type of sake: Tokubetsu Honjozo
Seimai Buai: Rice polished to 60%.
Alcohol: 15.5% by volume
Size & UPC: 1.8L/6 UPC 844650065022
720ml/12 UPC 844650065039
300ml/12 UPC 844650065046
Takeda Shuzoten Ltd. Founded: 1866
Location: 171 Kami-kofunatsu-hama, Ohgata-ku, Joetsu-shi, Niigata, Japan
President: Shigenori Takeda
Toji (Master Brewer): Yoshio Kobayashi Shigenori is the ninth generation of the owner/founding family.
Rice: Koshi Tanrei (for koji making) & Koshi Ibuki (for main mash)
Water: On-site well water, soft water
Yeast: Kyokai #9 @Sulfite-free, preservative-free.
Nihonshu-do (SMV): - 3 Acidity: 1.3 Amino acids: 1.3
Serving temp.: Room temperature, or luke-warm.
Tasting note: Round, mellow, off-dry, umachi-rich. Lightly flowing on your tongue through throat
Food Pairing: Grilled fish, shellfish – raw, simmered, or grilled with soy sauce, linguine with clams and garlic, scallop seared and sautéed with butter.