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Sake-Nanbu Bijin Southern Beauty

Steve here: Cooler weather is upon us. What do you suggest for September, John? John Gauntner Nanbu Bijin is a junmai ginjo sake that hails from Iwate prefecture, up north in Tohoku, a region where sake is usually light and crisp and much more fine grained than its big-boned counterparts from western Japan. For decades Nanbu Bijin was brewed by one of the most famous toji (master brewers) in the industry. His retiring a decade ago...

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Sake of the Month:Takatenjin
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Sake of the Month:Takatenjin

Sake of the month: February, 2011 is Takatenjin –Soul of the Sensei Steve here: Hello John. We’re ready to hear about your sake pick-of-the-month for February? John: This month I have chosen Takatenjin, a Junmai Daiginjo that is a generally light, complex and fragrant. Steve: Where does it come from? John: Takatenjin comes from the same brewery that makes the inimitable Kaiun in Shizuoka Prefecture, on the coast, just south of...

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August 2011 Sake of the Month: Ginga Shizuku Divine Droplets Junmai Daiginjo

Steve here: OK, John, what is a great sake suggestion for August, the hottest month of the year? John Gauntner: Ginga Shizuku is from Hokkaido, from the very center of Japan’s northernmost island. The city, Asahikawa, holds the record for the coldest recorded temperatures in Japan, which makes it a great place to brew sake! This top-grade junmai daiginjo is made with great rice, water, and yeast, but also it is drip-pressed. In other...

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