This unbelievable Junmai Daiginjo from the world famous Honda Shoten TATSURIKI is absolutely the ultimate. Firstly, following the Tatsuriki company's strong motto "good sake is only made from good Rice", AKITSU is made from the special A AKITSU village area grown Yamadanishiki Rice 100%. The rice is grown almost organic & a lot of process are hand treated. The brewery took over 100 hours to polish this ultimate premium rice down to 35% (this means 65% of rice is polished away!), then carefully brewed over 3 weeks. After fermentation and pressing process, the sake is bottled then stored under 0 degrees cool room for 5 years before shipped out. You can now imagine so many time and efforts are made to achieve to produce this ultimate Junmai Daiginjo. The aroma is beautiful nashi pear & apple with freshness even after 5 years aged. The attack is soft but medium rich taste slowly spread over a palate with very complex sweetness & dryness crossing over then finishing dry. The taste is so balanced and subtle. This must be the one for a life bottle for all sake lovers.