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Tokubetsu means “special” in Japanese, and Hakkaisan “Tokubetsu Junmai” is special indeed, with a bit of extra polish on the rice compared to a regular junmai. The slightly richer body comes with a mild and creamy texture, which melts across the palate like a snowflake caught on the tongue. With a clean, satisfying taste tailored to compliment many foods, this sake will easily become a house favorite.
Hakkaisan is made in
Hakkaisan Brewery Company was founded in 1922 in the foothills of Mount Hakkai, in an area with snow accumulating over 10 feet at times. The snowmelt water is naturally filtered by the mountain, providing water for the rice fields and for the elegant sake they produce. Their signature Niigata style is known as “tanrei karakuchi,” which is crisp, clean and dry, achieved by slow, low-temperature fermentation. They only use handmade “koji” and produce in small batches, and their guiding principle is to produce sake of the highest quality that pairs well with food.
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