Chikurin Junmai Ginjo Namazake "Otoro"

Chikurin Junmai Ginjo Namazake "Otoro"

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Lovely, expressive florals on the nose of this beautiful Okayama namazake, brewed from organically-grown rice by members of Chikurin's cooperative-style brewery.

Sweet Queen Anne cherries, rose sugar, orange flower water, cherry blossom, mandarins in syrup, violet candies, and a sweet tropical note-- perhaps lychee or rambutan. The umami is super mellow here, reminding me of French macarons-- almond flour, meringue, all that good stuff. Just a bit of mid-palate richness.

This brew is pricey primarily because it's actually polished to junmai daiginjo levels (50%) and it uses organic rice, whose yields are always substantially lower than conventionally farmed rice. 

  • REGION: Okayama
  • RICE: Home-grown Yamada Nishiki rice
  • ABV: 16%
  • YEAST: #1801
  • PRESSING: Yabuta
  • SHUBO: Sokujo

This sake is made by the Marumoto Brewery, a national cultural landmark. Nicknamed nousan sakagura, “The Farmers’ Brewery” because the farmers who grow the rice also brew the sake. An estate-bottled sake, Chikurin is made from 100% Yamada Nishiki, the most famous variety of sake rice. Named “Otoro” after a local river, and also a nod to its luxurious and creamy mouthfeel. Situated in the Chugoku Area, which includes Hiroshima to the west and Tottori to the north, Okayama is known as the “Land of Sunshine,” because of its sunny and dry weather. Okayama is a rich agricultural region, producing Japan’s most famous peaches, and great strawberries and grapes.