Rich yet refreshing with medium intensity of aromas. Quality rice notes with some floral characters and marshmallow. It is subtle, neat and clean with a velvety soft texture thats crafted to pair with a wide range of food. It is appropriate to serve so-shu in a traditional ochoko or standard sake cup.
Keep chilled and best served around 5°C – 10°C.
Recommended Pairing: Sushi, Sashimi, fresh oysters, simple yakitori and tofu.
Grade: Tokubetsu Junmai – Tokubetsu means “special”, and sake brewers usually call their brew “tokubetsu” if the rice has been polished more than usual or if a special limited rice type is used. Junmai means “pure rice” signifying that there is no distilled alcohol added.
Sake Meter Value (SMV): +4
Region: Iwate Prefecture in the Tohoku region
History of Nanbu Bijin Brewery
Established in 1902, Nanbu Bijin, or “Southern Beauty”, is a brewery ironically located in the northern tip of Japan in the Iwate prefecture.
This small snow town is blessed with natural underground water reserves, a lake and natural parks. The name “Southern Beauty”, represents the brewery’s goal of making clean and beautiful sake, without the use of any artificial ingredients, preservatives or added sugars.
Nanbu Bijin was one of three main sake breweries featured in the 2016 documentary film Kampai! For the Love of Sake. It showed how sake makers are more focused on appealing to a young audience and their evolving tastes. The film also depicted the effect of the 2011 earthquake on Nanbu Bijin and showed how the brewery overcame the disaster.