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Akishika Shuzo 'Yama'
Regular price $56.00
Brewery: Akishika Shuzo
Grade: Yamahai Junmai Muroka Namagenshu
Rice variety: Self grown biodynamic Yamadanishiki
Polishing rate: 70%
Region: Osaka Prefecture, Kansai
- When most sake brewers buy their rice from contracted farmers or unknown sources, Osaka's Akishika Shuzō shines as a rarity--they're dedicated to growing their own rice. “From our own fields to bottle” is the brewery's motto. Led by 6th generation kuramoto 'master brewer' OKU Hiroaki, the brewery farms 25 hectares biodynamically, focusing on superior quality and taste rather than high yields. Not only does Akishika Shuzō stand out in the sake world agriculturally, but during a time in postwar Japan when sake production was commercially driven, they were one of the first pioneers of junmaishu, sake made without any additives. And by 2009, all of Akishika Shuzō's production was junmaishu. Akishika Shuzō also age a large portion of their production until it reaches perfect drinking condition so their matured sake offerings are unrivaled. And their unique fermentation method of dissolving a very high portion of the fermentation rice into the brew while maintaining low amino acid levels, makes all of Akishika Shuzō's sakes medium-bodied yet very flavorful, complex and layered. This 'Yama' is one of Oku-san's signature sakes, made with 70% polished Yamadanishiki rice. Brewed with the traditional yamahai method: slow fermentation, pure rice, unpasteurized, undiluted, with no charcoal filtration. Rich and complex with a dry yet savory palate, coupled with high acidity and a lingering refined finish. Best served lightly chilled to lightly warmed up. Dark or cool storage.