Junmai • Pure Rice Sake
Yamahai • Traditional yeast starter method
Muroka • No charcoal filtration
Nama • Unpasteurised
Genshu • Undiluted
Polish rate: 65%
What you can expect:
The Miyako-Bijin ‘Kumo no Miyako-Bijin’ is made with a traditional Yamahai ferment to give the sake a robust palate full of umami. There has been no charcoal filtration, pasteurisation or dilution so that the Sake retains all of its character. This sake is made from Gohyakumangoku, one of Japan’s most popular sake rice to create a sake with lovely fragrance, fresh palate and dry finish. Sweet spiced melon and apple fruit, with a clean and refined texture full of umami.
About Miyako-Bijin Shuzo | Awaji Island, Hyogo Prefecture
Miyako-Bijin was established as a company in 1945, when 10 smaller breweries merged together to consolidate their brewing skills. Originally called Awaji Shuzo after the island’s name, it changed to Miyako-Bijin in 1959. After the Sake boom of the 70’s and early 80’s Miyako Bijin struggled with sales and over the following years, cut back on volume-based production and focused solely on small batch quality-driven products. Much of the brewery machinery was sold off and they moved back to handmade, small-tank production.
Today the brewery is led by Toji (Master Brewer) Kunihiro Yamauchi, a talented young brewer who oversees the production of all the Sake, Umeshu and liqueurs produced at Miyako Bijin.
Miyako-Bijin believe in focusing on quality over quantity and use the traditional method Tenbin-Shibori, where a wooden beam press is used to press their sake rather than a modern commercial press. This method is rare to see as it takes twice as long to press the sake, with less liquid resulting.