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Good things come in small packages, or in this case, in small batches. Using locally grown Yamadanishiki rice and keeping the rice polishing ratio at 80% was important for this product, so President Harada said they honestly didn’t know what the outcome would be at first. The result, to their delight, is a deliciously complex yet balanced sake with ripe tropical fruit notes along with solid umami from the rice.
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Founded in 1819, Hatsumomiji is a tiny brewery facing the Seto Inland Sea. Being completely destroyed in an air raid in 1945 did not stop them from making sake, but a slump in sake sales back in 1985 did halt production. Once the current 12th-generation President Yasuhiro Harada came back to the family business and started winning national tasting competitions, he couldn’t stop there, reviving sake production as brewmaster in 2005. Brewmaster Mie Abe, who was appointed in April 2022, is one of four female brewery workers out of six producing only small-batch junmai sake.
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