Asahikawa has been called "the Nada of the North," because there was at one time a lot of sake being brewed there, and we are the oldest sakagura in the area. It is cold here, with the temperature regularly falling to -20C. View all Takasago Shuzo Wines
Takasago Ginga Shizuku Divine Droplets Sake (300ML)
Junmai-Daiginjo from Hokkaido, Japan
A prominent fragrance, a clean and fresh taste, with flavor deep into the recesses. Truly one of the "Rolls-Royces" of saké.
Each year, after the temperature drops below 14 Fahrenheit, Takasago builds an Ice Dome outside the main kura building. It is an igloo inside of which the temperature stays about 28 F, with 90% humidity and no wind The low temperature means "nasty bacteria" cannot survive, allowing them to make clean, pure, ultra-premium saké. Additionally, they separate the clear saké from the fermenting rice lees not by pressing, but rather by putting it into canvas bags and allowing the saké to drip out slowly overnight.
Takasago Shuzo Winery
Takasago Shuzo was originally established in 1899 in Asahikawa City in Hokkaido, under the name Kohiyama Shuzo (our family name). We struggled, but continued to produce sake during the war. In 1965, we merged with another sake brewer in Asahikawa, and changed our company name, as well as the name of our sake, to Takasago. Our white-walled kura, built in 1909, is one of the more attractive buildings in Asahikawa.
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7 ratings, 6 with reviews412/21/2007this was a delicious wine, with a soft and mellow, mildly sweet flavor52/12/2009This sake has a nice fruity aftertaste that stays with you a while. It is mild, smooth and gives you an excellent even sublime buzz. I'll be buying more.Jack F. Philbrick - Rockford, IL44/1/2014Excellent shilled.Zijero - Provincetown, MA411/1/201246/9/2011A great sake. However I find more flavor in a good white grape wine. I do like Sake at times and this certainly is the best sake I have yet to try.Dan Norman - Colorado Springs, CO54/14/2011Got this for my wife and she said it was the best Sake she's had.31/27/2011Superb!
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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