Origin: Azumamine Shouten, Iwate Prefecture, Japan
Rice: Miyamanishiki Rice
The Azumamine Shouten brewery was first established in 1670 and is not only the oldest brewery in Iwate Prefecture but also the smallest, with just two brothers working together currently, proudly describing their work as “hand-made saké”. Using Miyamanishiki sake rice from the Nagano prefecture, they specialise in brewing only junmai, made without using brewer’s alcohol, which allows the expression of more rice-based umami flavour than alcohol-added aruten varieties. No daiginjo or ginjo sakés are produced. Azumamine sakés are rich and roundly flavoured, but also balanced, with high levels of acidity. Iwate master brewers are some of the most highly respected brewers in Japan, and have been described as among the most rigorous and strictest professionals for their brewing techniques. In order to adhere to their exacting standards and consistently maintain the highest quality levels in their saké, Azumamine’s production is limited to 20,000 bottles per year.