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Akitabare Shunsetsu Spring Snow (720ml)

ID No: 11127
Country:Japan
Region:Akita
Winery:Akitabare Brewing Company
Grape Type:Gin no Sei (Sake)
Vintage:NV
Bottle Size:720 ml
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ANALYSIS
Alc: 15.0 %
pH: 3.69
TA: 5.58g/L
RS: 1.72 g/L TSO2: 63 mg/L VA: 0.82 g/L


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Product Description

Akitabare Shunsetsu Spring Snow (720ml)

This light sake is seamlessly put together. Just sweet enough for sipping chilled on a warm day, with rarefied flavor notes that impart a declasse elegance, and a finish that is pleasantly dry.

Just sweet enough for sipping chilled on a warm day, Shunsetsu pairs nicely with light sidedishes like edamame, tofu and seafood salad. Keep under refrigeration after purchase and serve ice cold.

Rice Variety: Gin No Sei
Polishing Ratio: 64%-60%
Alcohol Percentage: 14%-15%
Sake Meter Value: +1.0-3.0
Acidity: 1.3-1.5
Yeast Type: Association No. 9

Winery: Akitabare Brewing Company

The Akitabare Brewery
"Koshiki Junzukuri" (The Old Way) read the characters on Akitabare Sake Brewing Company's junmai label, and a glimpse inside the brewery shows why. Many of the tools from a hundred years ago–the huge wooden basin for soaking the rice, the giant kama for steaming it–are still in use
today.

Considerable technical innovation has occurred in the sake world over the last hundred years and many of the new tools and techniques have elevated the level of sake quality. But when change is just for the sake of modernization, or to increase productivity, or to maximize earnings, there is always a trade-off in quality. And this is a trade-off that Akitabare has never been willing to make.

What this commitment means in practice is delicacy, precision and care at every step of the brewing process. Akitabare sakes possess perfect balance, a mild aroma and a subtlely expressed but very distinct taste profile. They tend to appeal to experienced connoisseurs not overly impressed with flowery aromas and ornate flavors and for whom balance, clarity and finesse are the mark of a superior label.

"People's taste may change over time, and our sakes will change as well, but they will always have a satisfying taste and a distinct personality," says Kazuo Kawaguchi, the brewery's president. "If we had a motto, it would be 'fierce adherence to tradition, skillful adaptation to change.' If we were a flower, we would be a peony."

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