Japanese cask sake - 100% pure rice wine
Young and fresh sake, briefly matured in a wooden cask. The brewery is located in Yoshino, the mountain village known as the best producer of cedar-wood casks. In the pre-modern period top-quality Yoshino cedar casks were developed to transport sake by ship from the production centres of West Japan to the consumption centre of Edo (now Tokyo). The attractive cedar aroma is perfectly in balance with the fresh and full qualities of this young and pure sake.
Miyoshino Jōzō is an extremely small-scale family brewery, which re-started at the present location in 1912. At the moment the brewery is pretty much a one-man enterprise, run by the young brewer Hashimoto Teruaki, enabling him to do whatever he feels like. This has resulted in various one-tank-only experiments, which have put this small brewery in the spotlight of sake lovers’ interest. Almost without exception the Hanatomoe sake brands are pure, unpasteurised, unfiltered and undiluted, and most are made with natural yeast. The brewery is located in the village of Yoshino, Japan’s most famous cherry-blossom viewing spot, but also well-known for Yoshino cedar wood, used by most breweries for making cask-sake.