Tokubetsu Junmai – “Man’s Mountain”
This Tokubetsu or “Special” Junmai was one of the first craft sakes to become popular in the USA. With an earthy yet sweetly ripe nose, this classic Hokkaido sake balances dryness and lively acidity. A clean, rich texture wrapped in a mouthful of dried fruit flavors and subtle earthiness makes it a great partner for rich Japanese dishes like ramen, or even Western dishes like cacio e pepe. This is a very user-friendly sake that is great for beginners and aficionados alike. Enjoy chilled, at room temperature, or warm. Wine fans who enjoy the bold texture of a Loire Chenin Blanc or the heft of a Côte de Nuits Rouge will love this sake.
About the Producer
Established in Hokkaido in 1661, Otokoyama sake has been cherished by many historical figures in Japan since the Edo era (1603-1867). The brewery was so well known that famous ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) artist Kitagawa Utamaro created artwork depicting their sake. His work is on display at the Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum, which features the history of the brewery and the steps of sake production. Otokoyama has won gold medals in many competitions. The water used for their sake comes from the perpetual snows of Mt. Daisetsuzan; Hokkaido, at the northernmost tip of Japan, is known for its severe, cold climate.
Video: Visiting Otokoyama sake brewery