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Sake Akitabare Koshiki Junzukuri Northern Skies (720ml)

Country:Japan
Region:Akita
Winery:Akitabare Brewing Company
Grape Type:Ginjo-shu (Sake)
Vintage:NV
Bottle Size:720 ml
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Product Description

Sake Akitabare Koshiki Junzukuri Northern Skies is a pleasingly dry, well-crafted sake much appreciated by connoisseurs. It has just enough body to support the spare lines of its structure, making it the kind of sake one can drink enjoyably for hours at a stretch. Its subdued, understated refinement evokes a sense of the northern province where it is meticulously brewed. Goes best with seafood and vegetable dishes simply prepared, including tempura. May be served either cold or warmed.

Awards: Gold Medal, Junmai class, 2003 U.S. National Sake Appraisal. 

Rice Variety: Gin no Sei
Polishing Ratio: 60%
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Sake Meter Value: +2.0
Acidity: 1.8
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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