Type of sake: Junmai Ginjo
Seimai Buai: Rice milled to 55 %
Alcohol: 15-16% by volume
Size & UPC: 1.8L, 6-pack 844650025095
720 ml, 6-pack 844650025071
Name: Kirinzan Shuzo Founded: 1843
46 Tsugawa, Aga-cho, Higashi-kanbara-gun,
Niigata 959-4402, Japan
President: Shuntaro Saito – the 7 generation of the owner/founding family
Toji (Master Brewer): Yoshiaki Hasegawa
Ingredients & tech data
Water: soft water
Nihonshu-do (SMV): +4 Acidity: 1.3 Amino acids: 1.2 No sulfites. No preservatives.
Serving temp. : Serve chilled, at room temp. or luke-warm.
Tasting Notes: The forward floral nose, creamy and nutty with mushroom, lemon, herbal notes, this Sake has multiple layers of flavor, buttery, lemony, rich on palace, smooth and pleasant umami.
Braised pork belly (Buta no kakuni), Stuffed clams, Stuffed mushrooms, Sole meuniere,
Buttery Salisbury steak, Pasta Bolognese
Champignons Sauvages au Madere – Umami-rich dish of wild mushrooms, sweet shallots and Madeira needs an equal umami-rich Sake with rich layered flavors.
Saffron-based Paella – With its floral, spicy shellfish and saffron flavors, the paella is a ricebased star which needs a strong flavored complex Sake with richness on aromatics and yet soft on the palate. The Junmai Ginjo has the complexity to stand up to the multiple layers of spice and earthy flavors of the dish, and still be satisfyingly approachable on the palate.
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.