Named after the famous Japanese sword, “Katana” Junmai Daiginjo cuts its own path in the sake world. It has a silvery color, perhaps part of the reason for the name, and a medium-dry body that still sports those well-loved fruit flavors. These are undercut with a suddenly almond-like finish. The intricacies of this sake make it a great friend of food, and should be paired with some sea-inspired cuisine for best results.
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.