Crossing the boundaries of time
Since olden times, Japan has had a food culture in which sake is aged and the rich aroma and deep taste is enjoyed over time. "Inishie no Bishu" is a domestic vintage specialty that was established with the aim of recreating the vintage sake culture. It was previously a traditional noble culture of Japan with craftsmen who continue to brew aged sake to this day. It is a premium select brand. Enjoy an ultimately rare vintage experience that is difficult to come by.
Extremely rare long-term aged sake
Currently, there are about 1,400 sake breweries nationwide, but only a few of them have inherited the traditional aging techniques. Until the Edo period, there was a chic sake culture that favored old sake / aged sake rather than newer sake, but the number of sake breweries engaged in aging has decreased sharply due to the Meiji liquor tax law. After that, the market for new sake such as local sake and premium sake Daiginjo was produced, however, the number of sake breweries that made aged sake did not increase. Among them, "Inishie no Bishu" has collected extremely rare wines by traveling to more than 100 breweries all over Japan. By doing so, it has unearthed only long-term aged vintage sakes that have been aged for more than 10 years in principle and that have a particularly excellent mellow aroma and taste.
Limited quantity, with serial number
There is only a limited amount of long-term aged sake for 10 years or more, even if you add the ones still brewing, out of all the sake breweries in Japan. The amount that can be revived as "Inishie no Bishu" is extremely small and so we will be selling it in limited quantities. Domestic vintages made one year cannot be made twice. At "Inishie no Bishu", we will give you a serial number on the label or warranty card and deliver it to you.
Changes that only time will know
When sake is aged, it has a caramel-like sweetness and aroma. Shochu and awamori are distilled liquors with a high alcohol content, but by aging, they change to a mellow and sweet liquor quality. However, the direction of change in taste varies depending on the storage temperature, seasonal changes, storage container, and original liquor quality. Some have a ripe fruity aroma, while others turn into an acid-like sweet and sour liquor. It is said that even sake breweries do not know the aroma and taste of sake that has aged 20 to 30 years. Enjoy the contingencies in aroma and taste that only time will tell.
The taste of Inishie no Bishu
In "Inishie no Bishu", the taste is representated through three features. If all three features are high, it feels rich, and if they are low, it feels light. If any of the factors is relatively high, the sake will have character. You can also enjoy the different changes in color. The change depends on the length of time the contained components are aged, but it is said that the higher the component concentration, the longer the aging period. Furthermore, the larger the temperature difference of the storage temperature, the darker the color is also.
Sweetness: The stronger the caramel-like sweetness, the more you can enjoy the taste of the aged sake.
Acidity: The higher the acidity, the better the sharpness and the better the compatibility with the dish.
Fragrance: In addition to smells such as fruits and spices, you can feel various aromas you can't even imagine thinking of in Japanese sake.
Enjoy comparing personalities
At "Inishie no Bishu," we first prepared 36 types of long-term aged old sake. We have collected so many types because each one has its own personality and we hope you will enjoy comparing those with each other. We have sets where you can enjoy 3 varieties, and up to a set where you can enjoy 36 types. In addition, you can enjoy various pairings with the individual characteristics of long-term aged old sake. You can normally enjoy it with Japanese food, French food, Chinese food, and sweets.