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Nanbu Bijin “Tokubetsu Junmai”
Nanbu Bijin “Tokubetsu Junmai” with a stemless wine glass, served with cheese
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Nanbu Bijin “Tokubetsu Junmai”

Iwate prefecture

$33.25 member price
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Makes your heart flutter

Nanbu Bijin’s staple “Tokubetsu Junmai” was long known in the U.S. as the one with the butterflies on the label. As the 2017 International Wine Challenge Champion sake, it has graced many national and international dining scenes with its versatility, approachability and honesty in expressing regionality using locally-grown sake rice called Ginotome. Make sure to pause and enjoy its enticing aroma.


Brand Nanbu Bijin
Brewery Nanbu Bijin
Category Junmai
Subcategory N/A
Taste Profile Rich & Dry
Rice variety Gin Otome
Yeast variety Association No. 10 lineage (M310),  Association No. 1901
Alcohol 15.0%
RPR ? 55%
SMV ? 0
Acidity ? 1.5
Values listed are at the time of production.

Serving Temperature

The best serving temperature of Nanbu Bijin “Tokubetsu Junmai” is cold (40-60°F), room temp (70°F), warm (85-115°F) or hot (120°F-).
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Nanbu Bijin “Tokubetsu Junmai” - Iwate prefecture

Nanbu Bijin is made in Iwate prefecture in the Tohoku region.

Taste Metrics

Tasting Notes

  • Apple

  • Pear

  • Flower


Recommended Pairing

  • Sushi/Sashimi

  • Meat

  • Cheese


Nanbu Bijin

From a tiny town of Ninohe City, Nanbu Bijin has a big personality thanks to the owner Kosuke Kuji. His leadership through the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 along with leading the brand into international recognition has been documented in many forms including the movie “Kampai! For the Love of Sake” (2015). Their family crest symbol on the center of some of their updated labels is a testament to how they value historical knowledge while aiming for the new. They use unpasteurized well water, and single in-bottle pasteurization help create innovative flavor profiles not to be missed.

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