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Collection: Low Intervention

I'm reluctant to use the term "low intervention sake" but I'm even more reluctant to use the term "natural sake," so low intervention it is. Sake is by definition a high intervention product (extremely difficult to make, by its nature high intervention) but there are ways to reduce the human influence, especially negative human influence, on its production pathway.

Because this is a very new and vague category, not strictly defined, I'm taking liberties here. Sake in this category will generally feature:

  • A sustainable, no pesticide/no herbicide farming philosophy 
  • An ambient or indigenous yeast program
  • Low or very low rice polishing
  • Unfined (muroka)
  • No added alcohol, not even rice-based alcohol (junmai)
  • Gently filtered or naturally settled
  • Natural lactic acid fermentation starters (yamahai, kimoto, bodaimoto etc.)
  • A sustainable employment philosophy

Stylistically, these sake are typically more rustic, fuller bodied, with unique textures, flavors, and high complexity. They can be extremely savory and umami driven, and are only rarely fruity or floral. These can be very polarizing sake! But like anything which drives strong opinions, they can also drive passions. They are all absolutely worth trying, especially if you enjoy natural wine.

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  • Miyoshino Jozo Hanatomoe Usunigori Junmai Ginjo Sake
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  • Takacho Bodaimoto Junmai Muroka Genshu Regal Hawk
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  • Ichinokura Jukuseishu Junmai Koshu (300ml)
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  • Gozenshu Bodaimoto Junmai Nigori
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  • Terada Honke "Daigo no Shizuku" Bodaimoto
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  • Terada Honke "Shizen no Manma" Junmai Muroka Nama Genshu Kimoto
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  • Terada Honke "Katori 90" Junmai Kimoto MNG
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  • Yuki No Bosha Junmai Yamahai Old Cabin
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  • Akishika Junmai Yamahai Muroka Nama Genshu Omachi
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  • Gozenshu Bodaimoto "9"
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  • Hana Makgeolli: HYUNMI TAKJU 16
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  • Hana Makgeolli: YAKJU 14
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  • Hana Makgeolli: TAKJU 16
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  • Senpuku Shinriki "85" Junmai Kimoto Muroka Genshu
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  • Kenbishi "Mizuho" Junmai
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  • Manatsuru Junmai Muroka Nama Genshu Yamahai Mana 1751 True Vision
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  • Tae no Hana Junmai Kimoto Muroka Nama Genshu Sublime Beauty
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  • Miyoshino Jozo Hanatomoe Junmai Tarumaru Taruzake
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  • Terada Honke "Musubi" Sprouted Rice Sake
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  • Terada Honke Junmai Muroka Nama Genshu Kimoto Koshu Kaikoshu 2005
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