For the 17th theartofsake Sake On-nomi, we are doing something really premium and very highly requested. A Vertical tasting of the Japanese Cult Sake Brand, Juyondai.
Elegant, #1 Brewery in Japan, Expensive, Value for Money, Not Worth the Money, Juicy, Sweet; These are some of the common things we hear about the brewery's sake. This time, you get to decide for yourself!
Juyondai (十四代) is made by Takagi Sake in Yamagata Prefecture. Founded in 1615, this brewery is currently on its 15th generation owner. There are actually another 2 sake brands under this brewery, but Juyondai is the most famous.
As one of the most expensive sake in the market, Juyondai is not only expensive but also has a the most premium entry pricing. Their entry level Honmaru, a tokubetsu honjozo, is around 10 times the price in Singapore from its equivalent from other breweries! This is actually due to market forces, and to how difficult is it to get a hold of the sake.
Juyondai is famous for its unique, fragrant and fruity aromas and its very rich and concentrated flavour. The brewery also spends a lot of time and money in the development of new Sake Rice. They have created a few unique sake rice, Tatsunootoshigo, Sake Mirai, and recently Ushuhomare.
Another unusual thing about this brewery is they keep many things mysterious and secret, this may be a part of their appeal! They seldom grant visits and interviews, and they do not even have their own website.
1. Juyondai Honmaru (Tokubetsu Honjozo)
Refreshing and sweet flavours, with a rich and velvety mouthfeel, it has an off-dry finish. This Tokubetsu Honjozo is polished down to 55%, and the jozo alcohol added to it is made in-house.
2. Juyondai Nakadori Junmai Muroka
This sake is unfiltered, giving it more breadth of taste compared to other Juyondai. It still retained its silky texture, and its fruity and floral aroma. Polished to 55%, this sake still maintains a good amount of umami.
3. Juyondai Ginsen (Ginjo)
This sake is made from the "king of sake rice", Yamadanishiki. It has a mild fruity nose, and sweet. Polished to 50%, it can technically be called a Daiginjo, but the brewery decided to just call it a Ginjo Sake.
4. Juyondai Nakadori Junmai Ginjo Yamadanishiki
Fruity and gorgeous aroma of melon, Juicy & Fruity without being cloying. Polished to 50%, This is one of Juyondai's signature sakes.
5. Juyondai Nakadori Daiginjo Yamadanishiki
This is probably the most characteristic Juyondai Sake. Clean, Fruity & Juicy. Polished to 35%, this sake is at the front gate of Juyondai's most premium Sakes.
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- Adrian Goh
- Brand Marketing
- Brewery Visit
- Cheese Pairing
- Female Brewer/Owner
- Japanese Business
- Joshua Kalinan
- Private Session
- Sake Course
- Sake of the Week
- Sake Resource
- Sake Service Institute
- Sake Set
- Schott Zweisel
- Warehouse Sale
- Warm Sake