Nakano BC Yuzu Umeshu

22 Jun 2018

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The brewery

Nakano BC (BC stands for biochemical creation) is located in Kainan, Wakayama Prefecture, which stands first in the production of ume in Japan. The company initially started as a producer of soy sauce, later switching to alcoholic drinks such as shōchū and sake. In 1971, Nakano BC started producing ume juice aiming to expand the demand of ume, and eventually branched out into umeshu production.

Nakano BC uses a superior quality Nankō ume to make its umeshu. To preserve the delicious flavor of ume, the brewing tanks are managed by a team of skilled workers who carefully check the acidity and sweetness of umeshu, mixing the fruit and changing tanks as necessary. The umeshu is ready after around a year and a half.

The company also has a research center that analyzes ume and other ingredients used in the company’s products. Focusing on health benefits of ume, the company also produces a range of ume products, such as ume juice and ume extract supplements.

Nakano BC also has a well-developed, onsite tourism department. The company has a Japanese garden on the factory grounds and offers tastings and factory tours, where visitors can see the actual places where each step takes place from preparation to pressing and storage, and learn about the brewing processes.

Recommendaton

Yuzu is a Japanese citrus lemon that is valued for it’s highly aromatic rind. The fruit is believed to be a hybrid of a papeda and a mandarin. Nakano BC Yuzu Umeshu is a unique blend of yuzu juice, which was extracted from fruits in Shikoku Island and umeshu liqueur. Kochi prefecture in Shikoku island is the number one producer of yuzu in Japan. This blend is sweet and refreshingly sour with a subtle bitterness.

Nakano BC Yuzu Umeshu is great as an aperitif with light meals such as salads, sandwiches or desserts. We also recommend pairing it with carpaccio and oily foods because of its refreshing taste. Drink well chilled or over ice!

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