Shizouka, Japan

At a Glance
  • Balance is the core of these Sake…they strike harmony perfectly in all aspects.
  • The Toji lineage is that of the Noto guild and Toji Hase who worked at Takatenjin for 40 years and was one of the legendary “Four Guardians of Heaven”.
  • The water source for these sake is pristine and clean. This region is famous for Tea and Wasabi both of which require flawless water as Sake does.

This is a special Junmai Daiginjo brewed in memory of former Takatenjin Master Toji Shokichi Hase. Toji Hase worked tirelessly at the same brewery for over 40 years which in itself is surely an achievement worth honoring. He was also one of the four famous toji known as the "Four Guardians of Heaven” of the prestigious Noto Toji Guild. (Toji guilds are small groups of notable tojis whose main objectives are to educate and train successors, to refine skills, and to uphold and improve the reputation of the sake from their region.) The brewery continues its former sensei's traditions with this clean, dry and rich brew which is considered one of Japan's most highly regarded sake.

Brewed from a mysterious, soft water. Soft water usually means a slow, sluggish fermentation, but this particular water results in a lively, vigorous fermentation. Their water is so pure it needs no filtering, nor additives to chemically adjust it. Nor is charcoal filtering of the final Sake needed.

Sake Facts:

Quality Grade: Junmai Daiginjo
Seimaibuai: 50% (50% of rice grain polished away)
Rice: Yamada Nishiki
Yeast: Shizuoka
Alcohol: 16.8%
Brewery Name: Doi Shuzo
Brewery Founded: 1868
Brewery Location: Shizuoka Prefecture
Toji (master brewer): Minori Shinba
Brewery President: Kiyoaki Doi

Tasting Notes/Food Pairing: Aromas of clean honeydew rind, grainy rice with a touch of earth. The impact on the palate is soft and rich but not cloying. A gentle sweetness envelops the tongue while the clean, high-strung acidity does the work. It has loads of body but is able to maintain tightness and structure. While spicy honeydew and dry anise dominate up front, the finish is dry with good spicy white pepper and jasmine notes.

94 Points, Gold Medal - Beverage Tasting Institute "Buttery nut brittle, banana custard, & cake follow through on silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body with great smoothness and finesse. A delicious and vibrant sake for the table."