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Ichishima Shuzo Sake - Niigata, Japan

Long one of the most prominent breweries in the Niigata region, Ichishima Shuzo has been owned and operated by the Ichishima family since its founding in 1790.

The brewery continues to draw on its long history and access to local ingredients to produce some of the highest quality saké in a region known for premium production.

The Sakes:

Seishu Saké

 Junmai Sake

 Tokubetsu Honjōzō Saké 

Ginjō Koshu Saké

 Junmai Daiginjō Saké 

 Ginnoyorokobi [Competition] Daiginjō Saké

Silk Deluxe Junmai Saké

Ichishima Shuzo - Seishu Saké

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 Ichishima Shuzo - Seishu Saké

Ichishima Shuzo - Seishu Saké

Style / Type: Traditional

Quality: Futsuu-shu

Rice: Gohyakumangoku & Koshiibuki

Rice polishing ratio: Koujimai 60% & Kakemai 70%

Water: Soft water flowing underground from the iide mountains [ a sub-stream of the kaji river ]

SMV: +3 - Flavor Chart

FOOD PAIRINGS: Grilled poultry, sashimi, and teriyaki dishes.

TASTING NOTES: This traditional sake has long been a favorite of Niigata locals. Dry with a bold character, it retains a hint of sweetness and is a great way to begin your understanding of sake.

Serve: Chilled or Warmed

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Ichishima Shuzo - Junmai Sake

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Ichishima Shuzo - Junmai Sake

Ichishima Shuzo - Junmai Sake

Style / Type: Traditional

Quality: Junmai

Rice: Gohyakumangoku & Koshiibuki

Rice polishing ratio: Polished to 65%
[ 35% is milled away ]

Water: Soft water flowing underground from the iide mountains [ a sub-stream of the kaji river ]

SMV : +4 - Flavor Chart

FOOD PAIRINGS: A classic Niigata junmai, it is a great match with yakitori [grilled chicken] and richer, heavier fish, as well as sea urchin.

TASTING NOTES: This is what junmai is all about. Round and creamy, this sake has notes of apple and banana, while smoky components linger in the background.

Serve: Chilled or Warmed

 

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Ichishima Shuzo - Tokubetsu Honjōzō Saké

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Ichishima Shuzo - Tokubetsu Honjōzō Saké

Ichishima Shuzo - Tokubetsu Honjōzō Saké

Style / Type: Traditional

Quality: Tokubetsu Honjōzō

Rice: Gohyakumangoku & Koshiibuki

Rice polishing ratio: Polished to 60%
[ 40% is milled away ]

Water: Soft water flowing underground from the iide mountains [ a sub-stream of the kaji river ]

SMV: +8 - Flavor Chart

FOOD PAIRINGS: Try it with seafood, including most fish, shellfish and octopus.

TASTING NOTES: Subtle in aroma, this sake offers a smooth, dry, and light entry to the palate. Easy drinking and versatile in food pairing, it is an all-time favorite of the Niigata people, including the head of the brewery himself!

Serve: Chilled or Warmed

 

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Ichishima Shuzo - Ginjō Koshu Saké

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Ichishima Shuzo - Ginjō Koshu Saké [ aged five years ]

Ichishima Shuzo - Ginjō Koshu Saké
[ aged five years ]

Style / Type: Koshu [aged for 5 years]

Quality: Ginjō

Rice: Gohyakumangoku

Rice polishing ratio: polished to 60%
[ 40% is milled away ]

Water: Soft water flowing underground from the iide mountains [ a sub-stream of the kaji river ]

SMV: +4 - Flavor Chart

FOOD PAIRINGS: It has the depth to pair with Chinese food, braised meats, pungent cheeses, and other full-flavored dishes.

TASTING NOTES: Aged to perfection in traditional, enamel-lined sake tanks for five years, Ichishima Ginjo Koshu exudes maturity and richness. Bold, nutty and incredibly smooth on the palate.

Serve: Chilled

 

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Ichishima Shuzo - Junmai Daiginjō Saké

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Ichishima Shuzo - Junmai Daiginjō Saké

Ichishima Shuzo - Junmai Daiginjō Saké

Style / Type: Traditional

Quality: Junmai Daiginjō

Rice: Gohyakumangoku

Rice polishing ratio: polished to 50%
[ 50% is milled away ]

Water: Soft water flowing underground from the iide mountains [ a sub-stream of the kaji river ]

SMV: +4 - Flavor Chart

FOOD PAIRINGS: Sushi is a natural with this highly refined sake, but its enticing character beckons other great combinations.

TASTING NOTES: Upon the first sip of Ichishima Junmai Daiginjo, the drinker notes aromas of pear and cherry as this creamy, light-bodied nectar of Japan glides down.

Serve: Chilled

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Ichishima Shuzo - Ginnoyorokobi [Competition] Daiginjō Saké

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Ichishima Shuzo - Ginnoyorokobi [Competition] Daiginjō Saké

Ichishima Shuzo - Ginnoyorokobi [Competition] Daiginjō Saké

This flagship sake wins Gold Medals consistently at the annual Japan National New Sake Competition.

Style / Type: Traditional

Quality: Daiginjō

Rice: Koshitanreii

Polishing ratio: Polished to 35% [65% milled away]

Water: Soft water flowing under ground from the iide mountains [ a sub-stream of the kaji river ]

SMV: +5 - Flavor Chart

FOOD PAIRINGS: Pairs well with full-flavored sashimi, anago, cheese, and grilled meats.

TASTING NOTES: This sake is a legacy in liquid form, art in a glass: the pinnacle of Ichishima and the best of what Niigata offers.

Serve: Chilled

Named one of the 50 best Sake in the world.

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Ichishima Shuzo - Silk Deluxe Junmai Saké

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Ichishima Shuzo - Silk Deluxe Junmai Saké

Ichishima Shuzo - Silk Deluxe Junmai Saké

Style / Type: Non-Traditional, Sweet

Quality: Junmai

Rice: Gohyakumangoku & Koshiibuki

Rice polishing ratio: Koujimai 60% & Kakemai 65%

Water: Soft water flowing underground from the iide mountains [ a sub-stream of the kaji river ]

SMV: -35 - Flavor Chart

FOOD PAIRINGS: a dessert sake...

TASTING NOTES: Silk in a glass. A subtle sake that glides down smoothly with notes of cucumber and melon. This unique brew is becoming the drink of choice, not only among novices, but also among those who prefer delicious sake with a light, yet mildly sweet finish.

Serve: Chilled

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