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The name for this sake is actually the name of the method used for collection. “Shizuku” refers to when the rice mash is left to hang and the sake drips out slowly over time with the aid of gravity. No pressing, no squeezing. Using this process and Yamadanishiki rice polished to 40%, this sake gets a delicate texture and light, white flower flavor, like a starry sky.
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Originally founded in 1867 in the foothills of Mt. Tsukuba, this brewery sprang up due to a surplus of rice and high quality water. In 2000, the second daughter of the family, Nobuko Inaba, learned sake making to keep the tradition alive and they also switched to producing purely junmai sake. “Minanogawa” is their traditional brand named after their famed water source, and “Stella” was launched in 2000 with the concept of a starry night town. Inaba became president in 2010 and continues to push the boundaries of innovative sake brewing by investing in the resurrection of rice native to Ibaraki.
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