Hanzo & Junmai Ginjo 'Ginpu'
半蔵 & 純米吟醸（吟ぷ）
The Hanzo & is a new brand of sake made by the youngest brewmaster (toji) in Mie prefecture that delivers a modern and fresh taste with good acidity and lots of structure. Besides a great taste, we love the Hokkaido-native sake rice Ginpu for its fantastic aromas that we couldn’t stop wanting to smell. It really became a bit silly how much we were sniffing it. This is a sake that’s almost winey and best enjoyed in a medium wineglass.
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A seamless opening creating a strong first impression with pronounced notes of melon, cucumber, lily, apricot, yogurt and a hint of peppermint. Full of flavor packed into a tight profile with a silky texture which develops through the mid-palate. Ends with a luxurious long finish.
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Hanzo &, a New Direction for Sake
While Ota Shuzo's Hanzo brand is a decidedly traditional type of sake, the Hanzo & brand is a clearly modern sake, created by the youngest toji of the prefecture and made with a realization that a new type of consumer, more used to wines, is looking for a different type of sake. These are sakes that challenge the traditional norms and are made with rice and yeast varieties from all over Japan. Furthermore, these sake are not static, they are alive, meaning that they will evolve over time and that every year’s batch will be slightly different, reflecting the changing demands of modern consumers. This sake is made with rice from a local Hokkaido variety, Ginpu.