Dry, clean, light-bodied and well-refined. This is a representative of the Tanrei Karakuchi sake made in Niigata, the heartland of Japanese premium sake production.

Basic Information


Brand :           KIRIN-ZAN

Nickname :     “Classic”         Type of sake:  Futsu-shu

Seimai Buai:  Rice milled to 65 %

Alcohol:          15-16% by volume

Size & UPC: 1800ml, 6-pack, UPC: 844650025057

720ml, 12-pack, UPC: 844650025040

                        300ml, 30-pack, UPC: 844650025088

180ml(cup), 30-pack UPC: 844650025118



Name:  Kirinzan Shuzo Founded: 1843


President: Shuntaro Saito – the 7th generation of the founding family

Toji (Master Brewer):  Yoshiaki Hasegawa

Location:  46 Tsugawa, Aga-cho, Niigata 959-4402, Japan


Website: www.niigatasake.com


Ingredients & Technical data

Rice:                Gohyaku-man-goku and Koshi-ibuki

Water:  Soft water Yeast:  G9NF SMV:  +6 Acidity:   1.3   Amino acids:   1.2

No sulfite, no preservatives.


Other Information 

Serving temp.:  Slightly chilled, Room temp., Luke-warm

Tasting note: Dry, clean, light-bodied, well-balanced. Satisfying aromas of hazelnut, melon and rice with minerality and intensity.


Food pairing:  Matches well with most of Japanese dishes, especially when served room temp or lukewarm, including raw/lightly grilled fish and shrimps, tofu, simmered vegetable, and sunomono. Bacon-wrapped Scallops - “The Classic” is paired with the soft, rich, nuttiness of the seared Sea Scallop because of the ricey, nutty aromas of the sake. The crispy, salty outer rim of seared bacon needs the strong more intensely forward flavors that the sake provides. 

Other recommendations: Trout Amandine, Roasted chestnuts, Terrine of foie-gras, Sea urchin carbonara, Pear and frangipane tart.


Kirinzan Shuzo is located near Mt. Kirin (= Kirin-zan) in Tsugawa, Niigata. Kirin is a mythical creature much like a flying unicorn, is believed to bring about happiness and luck. The brewery won gold medals at the Japan National Sake Competition in 2016, 2014, 2012, 2009, 2008, etc.