Hatsumago is a brewery that has won one of the highest number of gold awards in the Japan’s National Sake competitions. The brewery has used the traditional Kimoto brewing method for more than 100 years. The Kimoto method is rare today because it is costly, labour intensive and requires highly skilled labour. The sakes produced by the Kimoto method have rich flavours with multi layers of light flavour components. The brewery is located in the cool coastal area of Northern Japan. The name Hatsumago translates to “First Grandchild”.
HATSUMAGO YUKIMEGAMI JUNMAI DAIGINJO
Yukimegami, or “Snow Goddess”, is an exclusive sake with gorgeous aroma of apples produced by Yamagata Prefecture Government with local specialists. Grinding to the golden ratio 35% then apply the traditional Kimoto method to cultivate yeast, Tohoku Meijo the IWC Sake Brewer of the Year 2018 is proud to present you Yukimegami.
Aromas of fig, citrus and yellow peach with a rich, velvety palate. This is a beautifully structured sake with a perfectly balanced acidity. Hatsumago sake is manufactured with traditional Kimoto brewing method which was used for 300 years. It's rare today because it is labour intensive technique.
• 35% polishing
HATSUMAGO’S PRINCIPLE OF SAKE BREWING
The “Kimoto-Zukuri” Sake Making Method, a traditional craft skill – for one search of originality and uniqueness of taste.
The important principle of Hatsumago’s sake brewing is the “Kimoto-Zukuri” sake making method. The “Kimoto-Zukuri” method is a technique of breeding yeast using airborne lactic acid bacteria living in the brewery. This method requires meticulous skills and years of experience.
Sake made using the “Kimoto-Zukuri” method is unique because of its complexity, depth and smooth aftertaste. These characteristics complement the flavors of various foods.
THE IMPORTANT STEPS OF HATSUMAGO SAKE MAKING PROCESS
• Carefully selecting rice and polishing it with great care.
• Preparation of koji rice (koji-cultured rice) is an important step because it determines the taste of Hatsumago.
• Breeding yeast using the traditional kimoto making method, which was handed down from generation to generation.
• Superb fermentation technology brews quality sake.
• Hatsumago has won gold meals in Japan's National Sake competition over the last 20 years.
• International Wine Challenge 2018: Gold Medal