Rihaku Wandering Poet Sake (720ML)
Rihaku was named for a famous poet in China who lived from 701-762 and was famous for drinking a lot before writing. He was known to have said, "I drink a bottle, and can write 100 poems."
Our sake is, in general, mellow and well-rounded. It leaves a wonderful lingering sensation, and overall has a good "umami" to it, that hard-to -describe something that satisfies, and makes you want a bit more. We make several types of sake, at least one for each occasion. The diligent effort and great skill of our toji and kurabito are evidenced by the fact that we have won many gold medals for our sake in the tax department's prestigious New Sake Tasting Competition. Over the past two decades, we have won golds in 1982, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2003, and 2004.
The introduction of the waterwheel in the 17th century, which eliminated the need for the manual polishing of rice grains, allowed Japan to begin producing saké at an industrial level for its greater population. Today Japan remains at the cutting edge of technology in its brewing practices. However, the traditional methods of handcrafted, artisanal saké remain alive in smaller and often family-owned breweries. Many of these showcase local ingredients and focus on microclimates to make what is known as ‘jizake,’ or regional saké.
A notch above Junmai in its milling requirement, by definition Junmai-Ginjo requires milling of 40% of the rice grain so that 60% of each grain remains. The categories of saké are established not by rice variety, but by the polishing or milling percentages. Junmai-Ginjo is made up of water, koji mold, yeast and rice and is brewed without the addition of any added alcohol.