Origin: Nihonshu Oendan, Oita Prefecture, Japan
Rice: Local Gohyakumangoku from Oita Prefecture
Kyushu-style mellow, yet refreshing, dry and fragrant. From a fifth generation brewing family. Dangerously quaffable.
Established in 2015, Nihonshu Oendan (“saké supporters”) is a craft saké collective
whose mission is to bring the purest, most authentic Japanese saké to the world
while helping to revive small historical saké breweries. Instead of brewing on their
own premises, Nihonshu Oendan works with small producers scattered around Japan
to craft original styles that express the terroir of each region.
From the onset, Nihonshu Oendan would sell only junmai muroka nama genshu — unfiltered, unpasteurized and undiluted sake made without the addition of brewer’s alcohol – a specific and rare category of saké that Kohara believes is the purest and freshest form of saké. The saké is brewed through a traditional process under the watchful eyes of experienced toji; furthermore, the rice used is planted and harvested by hand. All of this is with the aim of maintaining a pure process that allows the saké to reach its full and highest umami potential.