Origin: Nagai Shuzo, Gunma
The long-standing Nagai Shuzo sake brewery, established in 1886, has taken its Japanese sake brewing skills, cultivated over many years, and married them with the traditional techniques of France’s Champagne region to create its sparkling Japanese sake, MIZUBASHO PURE. It required an innovative method to perform the world’s first in-bottle secondary fermentation with Japanese sake, as is done with champagne, and succeeding in this was a labor of love for the maker. The results, though, are impressive. This is a spicy and elegant sake and the ginjoka aroma of highly polished rice, followed by a crisp aftertaste. And just as with champagne, the urbanity of effervescent foam is a nice touch. Works well as an aperitif or during a meal.