Rich aromas of fruits, silky texture on the palate with good acidic balance and a touch of sweetness on the finish.
Kun-shu profile sake is best served in an aromatic wine glass to highlight the fragrance. Serve this sake cold to better experience its seductive sensations.
Recommended Pairing: Vegetables & herbs, light seafood, grilled chicken, beef carpaccio and pasta dishes.
Grade: Junmai Daiginjo – In order to be Junmai Daiginjo, the sake must be made of only rice, rice koji, water and yeast. Junmai means “pure rice”” signifying that there is no distilled alcohol added. The rice used to brew this sake must be polished at least to 50% of its original size. Junmai Daiginjo sake is almost always the more expensive option you’ll see on a sake menu.
Sake Meter Value (SMV): +3.5
Region: Niigata Prefecture in the Chūbu region.
2018 – Gold – London Sake Challenge, Junmai Daiginjoshu Category
2016 – Gold – Junmaishu Taisho “”Grand Prize””, Junmai Daiginjo Category
2016 – Gold – Kan Sake Award, Premium Kan Sake Category
History of Tamagawa Shuzo Brewery
Sake was first made here in 1673, the era of the 4th shogun of the Tokugawa Dynasty Tokugawa Ietsuna, and there have since been 18 generations of successful brewing at this historic sake brewery. The Uonuma area is a prominent heavy snowfall region in Japan. And Japanese sake brewing that is only possible precisely because of the land that this snow shapes is conducted at Tamagawa Shuzo.
Snow that accumulates on the mountains of Uonuma melts and seeps into the earth where it then becomes pure spring water. This spring water that flows from the nearby Urayama Mountain is used in all of our brewing, and the smoothness of this water is clearly connected to the drinkability of these sakes.
The brand name, Tamagawa, can be translated as “Jewel River”, and is thought to derive from the Kawakamidani River which flows by the brewery. The character 川 (kawa or gawa in compound words) is an ideogram showing the flow of a river, which is what it means. Tama (玉) means an orb or a jewel, and by extension expresses the idea of precious beauty. It is thought that the name reflects the reverence in which our ancestors held rivers and water in the Shinto tradition.
Our Yukikura snow cellar uses this perpetual snow to store our products. Within the snow, the temperature remains at a constant 2°C year-round, with a humidity of roughly 90%. Surrounded by the gentle cold air inside the snow cellar, the sake is steadily matured, and the ultimate gifts from the snow are imparted onto the sake.