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Jægersborggade 10 kld tv, 2200 København N

Jægersborggade 10 kld tv, 2200 København N

Wed-Fri 12-6pm, Sat 11am - 4pm

Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute

Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute Yamahai Miyamanishiki Vintage 2018


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Noguchi Naohiko entered sake history when he started producing Yamahai sake in the 1960s for his then brewery Kikuhime in Ishikawa. The local customers, who were primarily forestry workers from the mountains around the brewery, required a flavorful and strong sake. Thus, Noguchi san began developing Yamahai sake, a demanding and volatile process that uses organic lactic acid and yeast spores from the brewery's environment to create a sake with a high acidity and pronounced umami. He does it at a time when many breweries in Japan have shifted their focus towards modern, fruity ginjo sake. Noguchi san is considered to be an essential protector and refiner of the traditional Yamahai Zukuri brewing method.

This sake is the perfect mirror of our other Yamahai sake from the Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute. Here the rice variety Miyama Nishiki is used, which creates a more rounded, herbacous taste. Through the Yamahai brewing method, a world of nuances is extracted from the Miyami NIshiki rice, or in other words, an entire ecosystem. It is vivid flavors that give the sensation of a damp forest after the rain. The golden, yellowish color in the glass is particularly beautiful and inviting.

Tasting notes: Exciting aromas of cardamom, white pepper and rose petals rise from the glass. In the taste, rich notes of cereal, forest, saffron. Throughout the taste there is an uplifting (Yamahai) milky acidity and slightly bitter finish.

Food pairing: Sashimi is a must. Likewise, a piece of white fleshed, grilled halibut will be excellent together with Yamahai Miyama Nishiki.

Drinking temperature: Can be poured at any temperature. It is a powerful sake that shines through even at cool temperatures, but feel free to try it at room temperature to feel the full flavor spectrum. A wine glass is perfect to let this vintage sake breathe and open up. It is a sake where the aroma is very prominent, so we prefer a wine glass.

*Gift box is included

  •  Volume: 720ml
  •  Alcohol: 19%
  •  Polishing degree: 65%
  •  Rice variety: 25% Yamada Nishiki (Kojimai), 75% Miyama Nishiki (brewery's own fields) (Kagemai)
  •  Yamahai brewing process
  •  Namazake (unpasteurized)
  •  Genshu (undiluted)
  •  Muroka (no carbon filter)
  •  Yeast type:

Brewery: Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute, Ishikawa Prefecture