Basic info

Brand:            KIRIN-ZAN

Type of sake: Junmai Daiginjo

Seimai Buai:  Rice milled to 45 %

Alcohol:          15-16% by volume

Size & UPC:   1.8 liter, 6-pack          844650025026

720 ml, 6-pack 844650025002




Kirinzan Shuzo       Founded: 1843


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 & tech data


Rice:               Gohyaku-man-goku             

Water: soft water              

Yeast:              G901 

Nihonshu-do (SMV):  +3  Acidity:  1.3        Amino acids:  1.2 No sulfites, no preservatives.


Other info

Serving temp. : Serve chilled (50-59°F or 10-15°C).

Tasting Notes:  Reticent, elegant, refined, citrusy. Floral, yet earthy aroma laced with cedar and cider with a hint of smoke. Medium to light bodied. Dry, intense, and balanced; soft creamy texture with a round finish of concentrated  Bosc pears. Reminiscent of a clean mountain stream.

Food pairing: 

White fish & shellfish – raw, steamed or grilled. Spiced poached lobster, White meat – Poussin, Poached turbot with Champagne sauce.

Rabbit Chops with fresh Fines Herbes – This super premium sake with its reticent refined elegance will shine with this center dish of delicate seared rabbit loin garnished with freshlyhomemade angel hair pasta, all sharing the fresh herb butter sauce.

Braised Sweetbread with ChestnutsThis complex layers of flavors needs the complexity of the Junmai Daiginjo, rich and refined, bold and subtle at the same time, savory but still a little off-dry, earthy but not rustic.  


Kirinzan Shuzo is located near Mt. Kirin (= Kirin-zan) in Tsugawa where beautiful rivers run through. Kirin, a mythical creature much like a flying unicorn, is believed to bring about happiness.  The producer won gold medals at Japan National Sake Competition in 2016, 2014, 2012, 2009,  etc.