The Tengumai Yamahai is named after long-nosed goblins, or Tengu, in Japanese folk-lore. "Tengumai" roughly translates to "tengu dance". This sake is a harmonious amber brew with a unique, almost mushroom-like scent to compliment its earthy tones, which calls up images of forests. The more you drink the more subtly you'll pick up on, from buttery tones to a walnut-like sensation. These flavors go hand-in-hand with the acidity and dryness to epitomize good balance for a full-bodied drink. You might find yourself doing your own "tengumai" after partaking of the Tengumai Yamahai.
Tengumai is brewed in Ishikawa Prefecture in the Hokuriku region.
Shata Brewing Company
Shata Brewing Company Ishikawa Prefecture Established in 1823, in the shadow of one of Japan's largest volcanic mountains "Mt. Haku". With the blessing of this dormant goddess (namely, her naturally filtered water) they brew exquisite sake. This brewery was established in 1823 by Shata Tauemon. He was so impressed by all the delicious sake he tasted during his long trip and he started a brewery of his own to make equally tasty sake in his hometown of Hakusan in Ishikawa Prefecture. Back then, the brewery was surrounded by a luxuriant forest where rustling leaves reminded him of dancing “Tengu”, a long-nose goblin of Japanese folklore, inspiring the name “Tengumai,” meaning “Tengu dance.”