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Collection: Yamadanishiki

It is the “king of sake rice,” there is no challenger in sight. It is the best choice for top-grade sake for a handful of reasons, and it is as expensive as it deserves to be. Indeed, it is just one variety of sake rice, of which about one hundred exist today. And it is the most grown sake rice, with about 1000 of the 1200 kura in Japan using at least some.
Yamada Nishiki was created in 1936 as a crossbreed between two other rice strains, one being Yamadaho. This was also a great sake rice, but was too tall and lanky and frustratingly difficult to grow. So the prefectural agricultural research center at that time (which has since morphed into a broader organization but still exists in spirit) crossbred it with a shorter, sturdier sake rice called Tankan Wataribune. This made the progeny that became Yamada Nishiki more manageable and better in many ways. There are plenty of other sake rice varieties that are interesting and lead to outstanding, deliciously enjoyable sake. Yamadanishiki rice is big, even for sake rice. It has a good size, centered starch center (known as a shimpaku, which means 'white heart'), enabling it to be easily milled to remove the fat and protein, and hence leave the starch behind.
Without sounding too technical, Yamadanishiki is a good rice to work with for sake brewers. Yamadanishiki rice also has breadth and depth in flavours, often with ideal levels of sweetness and umami. Rice aside, other factors that like how the brewer works on the rice throughout the production process leads to differences in the end result.
Just like any agricultural product, each variety of sake rice grows better in some regions than others, and has climates and soil types within which it thrives. Often these can be small and vary with just a short distance. And the best Yamada Nishiki undoubtedly comes from Hyogo Prefecture in western Japan, within which sits the city of Kobe. Even within Hyogo there are regions, villages and even plots of land that yield superior Yamada Nishiki rice. And the two best villages in the region, country, world and Universe for Yamada Nishiki are Yokawa and Tojo. 
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    Kawatsuru Junmai Daiginjo Wisdom - sakechan
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    Sempuku Yamahai Daiginjo Kurakaori - sakechan
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    Nihon Sakari Junmai Daiginjo Fuga - sakechan
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    Kikuhime Daiginjo (aged 5 years) - sakechan
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  • Sempuku Yamadanishiki Junmai Daiginjo 35
    Sempuku Yamadanishiki Junmai Daiginjo 35 - sakechan
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    $133.80
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    Kitanosho Junmai Daiginjo Nojiri - sakechan
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    Dewazakura Yukimanman Aged 5 Years - sakechan
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  • Tosa Shiragiku Junmai Ginjo Yamadanishiki
    Tosa Shiragiku Junmai Ginjo Yamadanishiki - sakechan
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    $81.30
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    Emishiki Junmai Daiginjo Masterpiece - sakechan
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