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Born “Chogin”

Fukui prefecture

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Fit for royalty

This sake is served at the Imperial Court and is partly what brought Katoukichibee Shouten fame during the Showa period. It’s no wonder that this sake is shipped to the US in limited amounts. From its 20% rice polishing rate to an aging time of five years, “Chogin” is nothing short of being the ultimate junmai daiginjo. The alluring aroma and deep flavor are something you won’t find anywhere else.


Brand Born
Brewery Katoukichibee Shouten
Category Junmai Daiginjo
Subcategory N/A
Taste Profile Rich & Sweet
Rice variety Yamadanishiki
Yeast variety N/A
Alcohol 16.0%
RPR ? 20%
Acidity ? N/A
Values listed are at the time of production.

Serving Temperature

The best serving temperature of Born “Chogin” is over ice or cold (40-60°F).
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Born “Chogin” - Fukui prefecture

Born is made in Fukui prefecture in the Hokuriku region.

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Tasting Notes

  • Apple

  • Pear

  • Pineapple


Recommended Pairing

  • Sushi/Sashimi

  • Seafood

  • Cheese


Katoukichibee Shouten

Originally operating as a money exchange business that was deeply involved in the affairs of the community, the village headman and founder reoriented it toward sake brewing in 1860. They have carried the Kichibee name for 11 generations, and registered it as a trademark in 1866. In Sanskrit, “born” is translated roughly as “purity” or “striking truth,” and represents the brewery’s strong belief in second chances and karmic rewards for hard work. In the beginning of the Showa period (1926-1989), the emperor used “Born” sake for Japan’s ceremonies, festivals and guests as Japan’s representative brand.

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