October 2012

Beau-Zone Layer - Nagaragawa "Tenkawa"

Posted by Beau Timken in 2012, Beau Zone, Newsletter, October
True Sake Nagaragawa "Tenkawa" Gifu Prefecture. Junmai Ginjo. SMV: +3 Acidity: 1.2

Komachi Shuzo in Gifu Prefecture is a really unique sake brewery. Why? Because they use music in the production of the their sakes. Huh? Like playing music to entertain their kurabito "sake workers"? No! They theorized and applied a technique they feel enhances the flavor and harmony of their sakes. As the sakes ferment in large vats they play classical music to the moromi "fermenting sake" to create a vibration or living movement. Read their label "Symphony Sake" and "Our brewery plays healing music." Does it work? Hmmm! I don't know, but the owner of the brewery is always smiling when he explains the technique so it makes him happy and isn't that the point of sake - to be happy! Try this happy Junmai Ginjo and see for yourself!

Quick Edit: When I spoke to the owner again very recently he informed me that they no longer play Classical music rather they have created their own music to dance with the fermenting sake. Also this sake has been aged for 1-1/2 years, which gives it a lot of body and a good weight.

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