Unfiltered unpasteurized Ginjo sake was brewed back in April 2008 and has been aged at low temperatures in wine barrels. The sake gained superb woody aroma notes from storing it in lightly baked, once-scraped wine barrels. Perfect companion for a range of meals. Enjoy the sweetness typical of the Ibi rice variant and the gentle aroma of the barrels.
|Rice||Ibi No Homare (Gifu)|
|Water||Ibi River underground water|
Gentle aroma with notes of the wood and dried fruits. Distinct sweetness goes well with the impactful palate making it a excellent food sake.
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The Smallest Sake Brewery
The Sugihara Brewery was one of the smallest sake breweries in Japan with an annual production of only 3,000 bottles per year (30 koku) around 2003. It was the same year when 5th generation brewer, Keiki Sugihara returned. Driven by his desire to preserve the Japanese culture of sake as the heir to a sake brewery, he convinced his predecessor, who was thinking of closing down the sake brewery, to start by repairing the brewery buildings, which were in an extremely bad state at the time. Having no experience in training at other breweries, he went through a process of trial and error on his own, accumulating and verifying a large amount of data. In 2009, he succeeded in cultivating the 'Ibi No Homare' rice variant, a hybrid of Yamada Nishiki and Wakamizu, in cooperation with local farmers. In 2009 the brand 'Ibi' was born. With the increasing popularity of this limited sake, the annual production volume in 2020 was still only 6,000 bottles (60 koku).