2 of Manotsuru's most premium sake. One aged 10 years in a gold mine, the other a shizuku of the famous IWC Gold Award Maho Junmai Daiginjo. Each sake is carefully packaged in a handcrafted wooden box for the added prestige.
Manotsuru Daiginjo Nishiki no Mano
The ultimate expression of Manotsuru & their most premium offering. Made using the cost intensive drip method to create a brew that is smooth as silk, yet with a flavor of melons that is both deep & clear. Elegance with clarity of flavours. This is the Shizuku portion of the famous Manotsuru Maho Daiginjo, which represents around 5-8% of the production. Very limited production, it is both gorgeous and elegant.
Aged 10 years in Japan's largest underground gold mine, the Sado Kinzan. Due to the cold, most of the fresh fruit aromas have settled into a deep & complex brew. It has also taken on an amber hue. Settled & calming notes of mineral, fragrant spice and a very long finish.
I was lucky enough to try this sake in the actual Kinzan Gold Mine. It is stored a 10-15 mins trek down the mine tunnels. The yearly temperature of environment is stable at about 10 to 11 degrees Celsius, and the environment is completely shaded, so it is ideal for aging sake.