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Kokuryu Brewery

Kuzuryu "Nine-Headed Dragon" - Junmai Sake

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"Light-bodied yet beguilingly full-flavoured."


Fukui brewers’ skill with 500 Mangoku rice is evident in this lovely release. Light-bodied yet beguilingly full-flavoured, making for a truly satisfying junmai drinking experience.

Characteristics of "Nine-Headed Dragon" Junmai

ABV: 15-16%

Grade: Junmai

Taste: Light & Dry

Storage: Keep in a cool dark and dry place

Rice Variety: 500 Mangoku

Yeast: House Yeast

Brewing Method: Sokujo

Polishing Ratio: 65%

Acidity: 1.3

SMV: +4

Food Pairing

When warm: cheeses, like brie or camembert. When cold: beef filet or grilled chicken.

Recommended Serving Temperature




Kokuryu is located in Fukui prefecture.

The Kokuryu Brewery

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.