Inoue Seikichi Co, Sawahime

Tochigi, Tochigi Prefecture – Brewer: Inoue Seikichi – Founded 1868

 

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Young Inoue toji (Master Brewer) from Sawahime believes in true local sake and having fun. He believes that local sake should be made with local rice and yeast by local brewers to be “true” local sake or jizake. He also thinks sake making should be fun and enjoyable. Thus, that element is bottled up with his sake and travels to us.

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Sticking to his philosophy, Inoue-toji formed a new master brewers’ school, Shimotsuke Toji last November with two other brewers inTochigi. The declining number of toji and the aging of the community is a constant issue for sake brewers and sake lovers. So, this unusual movement to create a new school with a younger generation of brewers is a welcome development.

Sawahime uses all local rice, Hitogokochi or Gohyakumangoku and local yeast. His passion for sake shined through in 2010 when he was voted as the best Daiginjo in the world at the International Wine Challenge in London. This sake is made to be served with food and pair perfectly with the seasons.

 

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SAWAHIME SHIMOTSUKE JUNMAI DAIGINJO

This unique Junmai Daiginjo has a delightful nose full of canteloupe, lush raspberry and sassafras notes.  The abundance of minerals in the water gives this sake a weighty mouthfeel full of ripe melon, citrus, vanilla custard and almond flour along with a dry finish.
Available in 720ml

 

 

SAWAHIME DAIGINJO

COMING SOON IN JUNE 2018

Available in 720ml

 

 

Sawahime-Ginjo

SAWAHIME GINJO

Notes of fresh cucumber, peach, apple and bamboo are followed by light minerality.  Slightly off dry on the palate, with medium body, this sake suggests flavors of maraschino cherry, kiwi sorbet and a hint of chive.  Very well balanced, this sake has rich long finish.
Available in 1.8L, 720ml

 

 

Sawahime-Junmai-Ginjo

SAWAHIME JUNMAI GINJO

This sake has subtle aromas of green apple, green asparagus, melon, creamy tapioca, and sweet pea flowers.  The palate features fresh pure flavors of melon rind, dried pear, cashew, white pepper with an intriguing herbal, eucalyptus flavor, and finishes with crisp acidity.
Available in 1.8L, 720ml, 300ml

 

 

Sawahime-Yamahai-Junmai

SAWAHIME YAMAHAI JUNMAI

This sake has aromas of gardenia, ripe kiwi, papaya, green peppercorn, aged compte cheese and notes of nutmeg, mushroom, toasted oat and yeast.  This sake is bright, dry and lively with medium plus acidity, and full bodied on the palate with a long finish.
Available in 720ml

 

Sawahime-Tokubetsu-Honjozo

SAWAHIME TOKUBETSU HONJOZO

This inviting Honjozo is full of floral, quince, dried mango, anise and hazelnut aromas.  On the palate finds medium body with a smooth mouth feel.  Forward flavors of persimmon, bubble gum and black pepper are balanced by lively acidity.
Available in 1.8L, 720ml