Kokuryu "Black Dragon" - Junmai Ginjo Sake
"Deeply mysterious flavour, rich and welcoming."
Kokuryu “Junmai Ginjo” has the imposing presence of sakes brewed in the Noto Toji style of western Japan. Its deeply mysterious flavour seems to come from the earth itself: rich, dynamic and welcoming.
More about Kokuryu "Black Dragon" - Junmai Ginjo Sake
Brewery: Kokuryu | Prefecture: Fukui
Size: 720ml | ABV: 15-16%
Grade: Junmai Ginjo
Taste: Light & Dry
Serving Temperature: Cold
Pairing: BBQ fare, grilled red meat and vegetables
Storage: Keep in a cool dark and dry place
Rice Variety: 500 Mangoku
Yeast: House Yeast
Brewing Method: Sokujo
Polishing Ratio: 55%
Among the soft-water breweries of Japan Kokuryu is perhaps the most famous. Its water is drawn from the subterranean flow of Kuzuryugawa (Nine-Headed Dragon River), famed since ancient times for its delicious taste. Kokuryu's founder, Nizaemon Ishidaya, built the original brewery in 1804 in the vicinity of Eihei-ji, the main temple of the Soto Zen sect. Nizaemon's descendants have been making sake there ever since. Kokukryu labels resound with deep flavour, but what makes them unique is their overall finesse.