Dry, clean sake with herbal and minty aromas. This is a representative Junmai sake made in Niigata, the heartland of Japanese premium sake production.
Brand : KIRIN-ZAN
Type of sake: Junmai
Seimai Buai: Rice milled to 60 %
Alcohol: 15-16% by volume
Size ＆ UPC: 720ml, 12-pack UPC 844650025033
Name: Kirinzan Shuzo Founded: 1843
Location: 46 Tsugawa, Aga-cho, Higashi-kanbara-gun, Niigata 959-4402, Japan
President: Shuntaro Saito – the 7th generation of the owner/founding family
Toji (Master Brewer): Yoshiaki Hasegawa
Ingredients & Technical data
Rice: Gohyaku-man-goku and Yukinosei
Water: Soft water
Nihonshu-do (SMV): +4 Acidity: 1.4 Amino acids: 1.3 No sulfite, no preservatives.
Serving temp: Chilled, Room temp., Luke-warm
Tasting note: Herbal, minty and slightly gamey. Dry, lean and attractive.
Food pairing: Matches well with Sukiyaki and Eel kabayaki.
Escargots Barigoule – A hard dish to harmonize with wine because of the artichokes. But with Sake, it is a different match allowing for the herbs and mint to intermingle with gaminess and buttery aroma of the sauce and the chewy texture of the snails.
Clams Casino – The brininess of the clam liquor mixed with the pungent aroma from the chopped and sweated garlic adds the herbal note to the clams and compliments the herbal minty aroma and taste of the dry Junmai sake.
Other pairings – Mussels mariniere, Oyster Rockefeller, Escargots Barigoule.
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 producer won gold medals at Japan National Sake Competition in 2014, 2012, 2009, 2008, etc.