The “Beau Zone Layer” - Tonoike “Sanran” Ginjo
Two Brands! Three Brands! Four Brands! All sake breweries have different brands. They have the family name brand, the brewery brand, and in some cases several lines of brands. Tonoike Shuzo in Tochigi Prefecture makes killer sake, and they too have several brands. One brand is pretty close to my heart and is called Bo. We carry Bo Junmai and Bo Junmai Daiginjo. But we also carry their other brand called Sanran. What’s impressive is that both brands are popular in their own rights. So it’s like they get to try different styles of sake making under one roof. This Ginjo is made in the Sanran way! Dry with a high acidity it drinks fruity and bright, but with an overall dry personality. This brew won a Gold at the IWC last year for good reason, as it screams GINJO sake. It has a Ginjo nose, Ginjo feeling, and Ginjo flavors. And I will use the word prototypical! It is a prototypical Ginjo that you should try to benchmark what you think a Gold Medal Ginjo sake should taste like.