Yabu-kimachi, Fukushima Prefecture – Brewer: Yuta Ooki – Founded 1865
At Ooki Daikichi, they take pride in the making of sake with all traditional, natural ingredients, no additives or preservatives, and only sustainably farmed rice. These sake are made in a very traditional yamahai style, using only the natural yeast that has accumulated over many years. The resulting sake yields high levels of amino acids and the flavors are packed with umami. Additionally this brewer ages the sake individually until it has reached a perfect balance. The sake enhances the scent and taste of the food, as well as creating a softer mouth feel. Compared to other sake, his cooking sake contains 5 times the amino acids, and can be used in a variety of worldwide cuisine.
The region of Yabu-kimachi is famous for a long history of feudal fighting and battles. The original toji founded Ooki Daikichi with the express interest to produce the best sake possible and to share this sake with the wounded and dying samurai of the battling camps. He snuck in to both of the opposing camps risking his life to accomplish this mission.
The current philosophy of this sakagura is to make the best possible sake and to spread the essence of Japanese culture throughout the world.
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First impression of this complex sake is the rich and full aromas of hazelnut, burnt caramel and dried fruit. It has a developed round mouth feel with a finish full of orange zest and clean acidity to give the sake a wonderful balance.
This sake is a beautiful example of the yamahai brewing process, yielding a higher sweetness and excellent acidity. Also more developed are the richer, deeper aromas and more pronounced flavors of hazelnut, white pepper and mushroom. On the palate this sake shows beautiful structure and backbone, and lingering balance of flavors.
Konnichiha Cooking Sake
This sake is aged two years which give this sake a round mouth feel full of earthy tones such as mushroom, hazelnut and earl tea. The large amount of umami in this sake makes it ideal for steaming and braising.