Amabuki -  2019 R1BY Hinoshita Musou

2019 R1BY Hinoshita Musou

Junmai Sake
Saga, Japan

A very special sake, made by Mr Shinji Hinoshita who – a celebrated Toji from Hiroshima. 'Hinoshita' denotes his name, while 'Muso' means something aling the lines of: there is nothing better or similar; very special; the best. This sake has an elegant aroma, very clean, spliced with a beautiful umami flavour. Perfectly balanced acidity and bitterness. Wow.

Established 1688 in the northern Kyushu region, Amabuki Brewery has been producing sake for over 325 years. Uniquely, they specialise in using flower yeasts, which – combined with locally harvested Saga rice and underground water – creates singular sake of phenomenal craftmanship and skill. Their rice is grown in pesticide-free paddies using a unique method ... Ducks! Ducks live in and among the rice, eating weeds and insects and keeping the paddies free from pests. Their webbed feet also bring oxygen to the roots of the rice, making for beautiful sake rice.