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Nanbu Bijin Ancient Pillars (720ML)

Junmai-Ginjo from Iwate, Japan
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        17.9% ABV

        Winemaker Notes

        This zesty sake is bold and versatile with concentrated floral, citrus, and chocolaty notes. It is very balanced with crisp and clean acidity. Sandalwood and marshmallow flavors add to its overall finesse.

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        Nanbu Bijin

        Nanbu Bijin

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        Nanbu Bijin, Iwate, Japan
        Ancient Pillars (720ML)
        Nanbu Bijin Brewery is located in northern Japan's Ninohe City, an area long referred to as "Nanbu no Kuni." It is an area blessed with lush and beautiful natural reserves, fine water, two national parks, and a lake. We were established in 1902, but at first were only a sake retailer. In 1915 we acquired the necessary licenses and began to brew sake. Our facilities lie on what was once known as the Okumura Kaido, old National Route Number 4. The all-glass front of the main building gives the proper impression of a shop, while the kura (brewery building) behind it is a gorgeous, all-wood, traditional structure. Its ancient, thick pillars and their shining dark color convey the long history of the place.

        The Sake
        In 1951, we decided to stop making the sweet sake so common back then, a style with plenty of off-flavors. Instead, we decided to brew "clean and beautiful" sake. Hence, we created the Nanbu Bijin brand name to personify our sake. Nanbu stands for the region, and Bijin (meaning beautiful woman) for the delicate, light, and clean nature of our sake. Our sake is brewed with medium-hard water that is purified naturally as it courses through the mountain rock on its way to the sea. We use Hito-mebore, Toyonishiki and Sasanishiki sake rice, and of course, our sake is brewed by a Nanbu-area toji.


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        A notch above Junmai in its milling requirement, by definition Junmai-Ginjo requires milling of 40% of the rice grain so that 60% of each grain remains. The categories of sake are established not by rice variety, but by the polishing or milling percentages. Junmai-Ginjo is made up of water, koji mold, yeast and rice and is brewed without the addition of any added alcohol.

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