Delicious Ginjo sake crafted by the smallest brewery in Japan. Fully embracing the “ultimate meal-time sake” ethos, both aroma and sweetness are subtle and subdued, taking maximum advantage of the Kura no Hana variety of rice favored in Miyagi Prefecture. Bottled directly after pressing and aged at low temperature to bring out the gorgeous flavors.
|Rice||Ibi No Homare (Gifu)|
|Water||Ibi River underground water|
Fruit forward bouquet with impactful umami-laden textures with multi-layered sweetness and a long aftertaste. Amazing drinkability despite it being a bold, rich and powerful sake. A very food-friendly 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).