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The word “gold” in the name is in there for good reason. This brew won gold in the daiginjo class at The Fine Sake Awards Japan 2019 and gold in the Yamadanishiki class at Kuramaster 2020. The brewers slowly and carefully age this sake at 32°F for six months to give it a full flavor of juicy cantaloupe with a balanced umami that all culminates in a sharp, enticing aftertaste.
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Yamamoto Honke, currently in the 11th generation, was established in the old capital city Kyoto in 1677. Burned to the ground during the battle of Fushimi Toba in the 19th century — which resulted in the defeat of the shogunate — the brewery was quickly rebuilt with the support of the locals. Two things remain constant since establishment: the use of their well water called Shiragikusui, one of the seven mystical waters within the Fushimi region that produces a very smooth, well-balanced, soft and gentle mouthfeel; and that every time the heir becomes the president, their first names become Genbee.
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