Shirakabe Gura Kimoto Junmai Sake 640ml - Takara Brewery

Takara Brewery

Shirakabe Gura Kimoto Junmai Sake 640ml


A beautiful, creamy sake with a refreshing acidity that’s an absolute expert in cutting through rich foods like carbonara, béchamel, cacio e pepe, scallops in roasted garlic cream, fish pie, clam chowder, moules marinière, buttery grilled Dover sole or the creamy pork fat broth of tonkotsu ramen. Anyone else suddenly hungry? The sharing-size bottle that Shirakabe Gura Kimoto Junmai comes in also lends itself to having friends and family round to enjoy its banana, honeydew melon, yoghurt, genmaicha and earthy flavours. Traditional Japanese cups are a thing of beauty, but a Sherry glass or small white wine glass will really focus the aromatics of this sake.

Shirakabe Gura Kimoto Junmai is a premium sake handcrafted using Gohyaku Mangoku rice. This type of rice is considered one of the finest for sake, the only reason it doesn’t have quite the prestige of Yamada Nishiki is because it’s more brittle, and therefore more difficult to mill. But Takara Brewery are highly skilled and have polished this to a ratio of 70%, i.e. 30% of each rice grain has been carefully whittled away. It has then been brewed in the Kimoto-style – a rare, labour-intensive and very traditional method that has taken hundreds of years to perfect. Consider this the natural wine equivalent to sake – a new fashion for ancient methods. Most sake uses commercially available lactic acid and cultivated yeast to make the starter (shubo), as this is quick and easy to regulate and replicate. Kimoto, however, allows the natural yeast and bacteria that live in the brewery and the air to drive the process. Although it takes twice as long, this results in a richer and more complex sake, with far more sense of terroir. Sometimes the old ways really are the best.

Takara first started brewing back in 1842. The original brewery is in Japan’s old capital, Kyoto. After the Millennium an impressive second brewery was added to the portfolio called Shirakabe Gura. Located in the neighbouring prefecture Hyogo – home to Kobe beef – the name of this second site means “White Wall” – a badge of honour of the cleanliness required to make great sake.

£4.38 per 100.00ml

SKU No.: 3014990

Style No.: 741629

Country: Japan
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15%
Volume: 640ml

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