Alakey Soju (720ML) Front Label
Alakey Soju (720ML) Front Label

Alakey Soju (720ML)

Junmai from Japan
      720ML / 24% ABV
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        720ML / 24% ABV

        Winemaker Notes

        Clear appearance. Aromas of fermenting Asian pear, grape must, tape, and powdered milk aromas and flavors with a soft, supple dryish medium body and a dusty potato skin, wax paper, and delicate peppery spice accented finish. A rather enigmatic soju.

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        Yaegaki, producer of Alakey, was named after the famous classic poem compiled in Kojiki (Record of Ancient Matters), has progressed steadily since its foundation in 1666 by constantly developing new technologies and traditions in sake.

        There is no harshness or roughness to Alakey, as you may find in other distilled spirits. With its subtle fragrance and clean taste, this soju can be enjoyed in a variety of ways: warm, cold, on the rocks, or mixed with cocktails.

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        The introduction of the waterwheel in the 17th century, which eliminated the need for the manual polishing of rice grains, allowed Japan to begin producing saké at an industrial level for its greater population. Today Japan remains at the cutting edge of technology in its brewing practices. However, the traditional methods of handcrafted, artisanal saké remain alive in smaller and often family-owned breweries. Many of these showcase local ingredients and focus on microclimates to make what is known as ‘jizake,’ or regional saké.

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        Sake with the lowest milling requirement at no less than 30% milled, so that 70% of each rice grain remains, is simply called Junmai. It is made of water, koji mold, yeast and rice. The categories of saké are established not by rice variety, but by their polishing or milling percentages. Junmai is also brewed in the absence of added alcohol. Some brewers, in search of other flavors, aromas and textures, will add a small amount of distilled alcohol during the brewing process. But the alcohol in any saké labeled Junmai will come purely from fermentation.

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