The first thing you’ll notice when you pour out your first glass of this sake is its color, a tantalizing white gold hue. This hints at the sake’s longer than normal brewing process, which helps develop a distinct medium-dry quality. This dryness combines with sweet orange and even notes of barley that culminate in a drawn out finish. If you’re in to umami, this sake will fill your quota. Try this one out with a charcuterie board or cheese plate to heighten the sensation.
Hananomai is brewed in Chubu region.
Hananomai Brewing Company
The name “Hana no mai” tralslates to “dance of the flowers,” a traditional dance to celebrate harvest in ancient times. Hananomai, still brewing sake in the building from 150 years ago, boasts its ingredients all sourced locally in Shizuoka prefecture. Aligned with this policy, they hire local talent only and even the toji masters grew up in the region. Hananomai truly believes in the quality of the ingredient and minimal intervention to bring out the natural flavors.