Kusudama Tokubetsu Junmai "Sarubobo" Cup

Kusudama Tokubetsu Junmai "Sarubobo" Cup

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A dry but soft little sake, with a hidden umami richness typical of Gifu and the local hidahomare rice. The sarubobo-- little monkey charms made from cloth and gifted to expecting mothers and children in Hida Takayama-- decorate the cup. 

Japanese name: 久寿玉 - (有)平瀬酒造店
English name: Hirase Shuzo
Brand: Kusudama
Location: Gifu
Rice: Hidahomare
Polishing: 60%
Yeast: 901
SMV: +5 (dry but soft)
ABV: 15%
Brewer website: kusudama.co.jp

Hida Takayama is located 570 meters above sea level at the foot of the Northern Alps. Hirase Shuzo, located in Hida Takayama, has a history of over 400 years and is located in the corner of the stately town where the skills of Hida's craftsmen thrive even today. The sake brewed during the harsh winter season is a dignified, rich, dry sake. The name "Kusudama" comes from "Yakudama," which means "medicine ball," and the name "Kusudama" is derived from the wish to ward off evil spirits.