Try Nigori Sake From One of the Oldest Sake Breweries

One of the Oldest Sake Breweries


Shusen Kurano brewery was founded in Kawanakajima, Nagano, in 1540. Kawanakajima is blessed with beautiful nature and clear spring water.


It is one of the oldest sake breweries in Japan with a long history of more than 460 years. One of the major wars, the Battle of Kawanakajima, was fought here during the civil war period of Japan in the 16th century. Most likely, famous samurai generals such as Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin tasted Kawanakajima sake.


It is a small brewery with a limited production capacity (50,000 bottles/year), but it maintains high quality by brewing with traditional methods.


Nigori Sake That Is Different From Others


Kawanakajima Junmai Nigori Sake has an overwhelming local following. In fact, this nigori sake accounts for about 30% of the brewery's shipments and has an overwhelming local following. While there are many nigori sakes to choose from, this 'Kawanakajima' is quite a unique one.


The Miyamanishiki sake rice from Nagano Prefecture is polished to 65% to produce this particular gem. It has a pleasant taste and a smooth mouthfeel. The secret is that the moromi is carefully pressed through a sieve. It has the simple, nostalgic flavour of doburoku, but at the same time has a refined, junmai-like breadth of flavour. It is a masterpiece of synergy between a rich but gentle and soothing sweetness and a pleasant lactic acidity. 


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