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ICHINOKURA

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HISTORY

In 1973, four sake breweries-Asami Shoten, Kachiki Shuzoten, Sakurai Shuzoten, and Matsumoto Shuzoten-merged to form Ichinokura Co., Ltd. The Matsuyama area of Osaki, Miyagi Prefecture is located in the center of the Sendai Plain, the representative farm belt of Japan. Matsuyama has been well known from ancient times for its fine quality rice, and has prospered as an agricultural and brewing town. In the founding of Ichinokura, these two essentials were most highly valued:

These essentials continue to be treasured as they are passed down from one generation to the next. We remain undaunted in our efforts to create a rich variety of sake and cuisine using traditional methods with the latest brewing technology.

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FEATURES

Rice

Rice Rice

Over 90% of the rice used in Ichinokura sake brewing is grown locally in Miyagi Prefecture. In order to acquire fine-quality rice, we first began by securing growing contracts with local farmers, and, starting in 2004, we established our own in-house Agriculture Department to promote sustainable agriculture that minimizes our environmental impact and helps support local farmers through the cultivation of fine-quality rice. We are currently working on cultivating our own rice and we aim to develop a cultivation method for fine-quality rice best suited for sake brewing.

Water

Water is a raw ingredient that makes up 70-80% of sake, and is, therefore, one of the most important elements to determining the taste of sake. We at Ichinokura have a drilled well on the brewery premises, and we bring up underground water from a depth of 100 meters to use in our sake brewing. The reason we located our brewery here, in this naturally-abundant location, is because we have access to great-tasting soft water from the rich underground resources here.

Techniques Techniques

Techniques

Techniques Techniques

There are 40 brewery workers at Ichinokura, under the supervision of the brewery toji, and who use the techniques of the Nanbu Toji School (one school of sake brewing) to brew fine sake completely by hand. We firmly believe that making sake by hand using our five senses is best when we optimize the management of the rice that goes into our sake, which differs in quality by weather conditions, variety and cultivation method, and when we manage the activity of the microorganisms that go along with the fermentation. The rice koji making, the most important process in sake brewing, is dutifully attended to by brewery workers night or day.

Cuisine

Miyagi Prefecture, the home of Ichinokura, is not only famous for its rice, it is also known as a shokuzai okoku (or 'Food Kingdom') for its abundance of food, such as the bountiful seafood from the sea along the Sanriku coast as well as the rich agricultural and livestock products from the land. Ichinokura takes very seriously our role in producing a sake taste that enhances this food. We also adapt to the changes in food culture by continuing to produce a variety of new products our devotees may enjoy with their cuisine.

Cuisine Cuisine
ichinokura

A brewery Committed to
Both Tradition and Innovation

“Mukansa”, Ichinokura’s signature sake- “Mukansa”, Ichinokura’s signature sake-

“Mukansa”, Ichinokura’s signature sake-
The challenge began here

Japan formerly had a sake tax system where sake would be ranked by quality and taxed according to that rank. The best-quality sake would receive a high ranking, but would also be subject to high taxes. However, in 1977, we released Ichinokura “Mukansa” Honjozo sake, the second class sake, whose quality was equal to the grand class sake without the evaluation. We stood up to the sake tax system at the time and noted on our labels that it was the customer, and not anyone else, who would really judge our sake. This sake tax system was abolished in 1992, but we still maintain this spirit, and our sake is appreciated by many customers around the world.

A low-alcohol sake A low-alcohol sake

A low-alcohol sake-
The challenge began here

In the 1980s, while liquors around the world with a variety of tastes were being produced, the Japanese sake industry was still mired in the same uniform taste for sake, so we began development of an all-new Japanese sake that applied traditional brewing techniques to make a Japanese sake unlike any other Japanese sake. The quintessential innovative sake of Ichinokura are “Himezen”, a sweet and fruity sake with only half the alcohol content of regular sake, and “Suzune”, a sparkling sake that produces delicate bubbles when poured in a glass.

ICHINOKURA Tokubetsu Junmai Sake “Dry”

ICHINOKURA Tokubetsu Junmai Sake “Dry”

ICHINOKURA Tokubetsu Junmai Sake “Dry”

Light and smooth type.
Dry grain and steamed rice aroma with touch of mineral. Refreshing dry sake with well-rounded taste.

Chilled

Room temp

Hot

Alcohol content

:

15%

Rice-polishing ratio

:

55%

SMV

:

+1~+3

Storage method

:

Store in a cold, dark place

Food pairing suggestions

:

Sashimi, tempura etc.

Food pairing suggestions
Sashimi, tempura etc.

Sashimi
tempura

ICHINOKURA Tokubetsu Junmai Sake

ICHINOKURA Tokubetsu Junmai Sake

ICHINOKURA Tokubetsu Junmai Sake

Light and smooth type.
Dry grain and steamed rice aroma with touch of mineral. Refreshing dry sake with well-rounded taste.

Chilled

Room temp

Hot

Alcohol content

:

15%

Rice-polishing ratio

:

55%

SMV

:

+1~+3

Storage method

:

Store in a cold, dark place

Food pairing suggestions

:

Sashimi, tempura etc.

Food pairing suggestions
Sashimi, tempura etc.

Sashimi
tempura

ICHINOKURA Junmai Daiginjo Sake “Kuranohana”

ICHINOKURA Junmai Daiginjo Sake “Kuranohana”

ICHINOKURA Junmai Daiginjo Sake “Kuranohana”

Flavorful type.
An elegant and sweet aroma of fruits with a hint of smoky aroma. The flavor of fresh fruits is nicely balanced with savory flavors.

Chilled

Room temp

Hot

Alcohol content

:

15%

Rice-polishing ratio

:

40%

SMV

:

-2~±0

Storage method

:

Store in a cold, dark place

Food pairing suggestions

:

White fish poele, sea bream carpaccio etc.

Food pairing suggestions
White fish poele, sea bream carpaccio etc.

White fish poele
sea bream carpaccio

ICHINOKURA Mukansa Honjozo Sake “Extra Dry”

ICHINOKURA Mukansa Honjozo Sake “Extra Dry”

ICHINOKURA Mukansa Honjozo Sake “Extra Dry”

Light and smooth type. Moderate aroma of grain, cream nuts and mint.
Very dry sake with crisp acidity, balanced savory flavor with mild finish.
“Mukansa” means “without evaluation”

Chilled

Room temp

Hot

Alcohol content

:

15%

Rice-polishing ratio

:

65%

SMV

:

+9~+10

Storage method

:

Store in a cold, dark place

Food pairing suggestions

:

Pork skewers, mackerel simmered in miso etc.

Food pairing suggestions
Pork skewers, mackerel simmered in miso etc.

Pork skewers
mackerel simmered in miso

ICHINOKURA Tokubetsu Junmai “Taru” Sake

ICHINOKURA Tokubetsu Junmai “Taru” Sake

ICHINOKURA Tokubetsu Junmai “Taru” Sake

Rich type. Refreshing aroma of Japanese cedar is harmonized with smooth flavor to enhance the taste. Well-balanced sake with creamy aroma and spicy taste.

Chilled

Room temp

Hot

Alcohol content

:

15%

Rice-polishing ratio

:

55%

SMV

:

+1~+3

Storage method

:

Store in a cold, dark place

Food pairing suggestions

:

Fried chicken, sukiyaki etc.

Awarded twice at overseas sake competitions.
It is a great honor to announce that "Ichinokura Tokubetsu Junmai Taru Sake"is awarded Gold medal at "The U.S. National Sake Appraisal 2019", held in Hawaii.Together with Platinum award at "Kura Master", perfomed in Paris 2019 year,we have obtained two prizes 2019 year outside of Japan.Please enjoy its smokey aroma and refreshing round flavor of this sake!

Food pairing suggestions
Fried chicken, sukiyaki etc.

Fried chicken
sukiyaki

ICHINOKURA Tokubetsu Junmai Draft Sake “Hyakkoi”

ICHINOKURA Tokubetsu Junmai Draft Sake “Hyakkoi”

ICHINOKURA Tokubetsu Junmai Draft Sake “Hyakkoi”

Light and smooth type. Round aroma of steamed rice with a hint of melon. Nicely balanced savory taste with fruity flavors. It's available all year round.

Chilled

Room temp

Hot

X

X

Alcohol content

:

15%

Rice-polishing ratio

:

55%

SMV

:

+1~+3

Storage method

:

Requires refrigeration

Food pairing suggestions

:

Roast pork, boiled fish paste etc.

Food pairing suggestions
Roast pork, boiled fish paste etc.

Roast pork
boiled fish paste

ICHINOKURA Sparkling Sake “Suzune Wabi”

ICHINOKURA Sparkling Sake “Suzune Wabi”

ICHINOKURA Sparkling Sake “Suzune Wabi”

A sweet and stylish sparkling sake made strictly from rice only. Silky bubbles in Suzune Wabi are made during the secondary fermentation.
Its taste is complex yet very fresh and reminiscent of fruits, such as peaches and lychees. It has a perfect balance of sweetness and sourness.

Chilled

Room temp

Hot

X

X

Alcohol content

:

5%

Rice-polishing ratio

:

65%

SMV

:

-80~-70

Storage method

:

Requires refrigeration

Food pairing suggestions

:

Bruschetta and other appetizers, cheese, quiche etc.

Food pairing suggestions
Marinated seafood, grilled chicken etc.

Marinated seafood
grilled chicken

ICHINOKURA “Himezen” Sake

ICHINOKURA “Himezen” Sake

ICHINOKURA “Himezen” Sake

The pioneer of low alcohol sake, 8% content. Light & smooth, complex aroma.
Clean acidic flavor of citrus fruit with a crisp refreshing finish.

Chilled

Room temp

Hot

Alcohol content

:

8%

Rice-polishing ratio

:

65%

SMV

:

-70~-60

Storage method

:

Store in a cold, dark place

Food pairing suggestions

:

Marinated seafood, grilled chicken etc.

Food pairing suggestions
Bruschetta and other appetizers, cheese, quiche etc.

Bruschetta
other appetizers, cheese, quiche