Chogetsu Junmai Ginjo "Clear Moon"

Chogetsu Junmai Ginjo "Clear Moon"

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Chogetsu Junmai Ginjo "Clear Moon" is brewed in snowy Akita prefecture using the Akita kimoto starter method. This sake is a great example of how "ginjo" doesn't always imply fruity, and instead it can imply clarity and precision. So too, kimoto doesn't always imply savory: Chogetsu is first and foremost bright and floral, with notes of blanched almond, alpine wildflowers, and tart, crisp pears.


Brewery: Kodama Jozo
Location: Akita Prefecture
Grade: Junmai Ginjo
Rice: Akita Sake Komachi
Yeast: Proprietary
Seimaibuai: 55% Polish
Fermentation starter: Kimoto

The Kodama brewery was founded in 1879 in Katagami City, Akita Prefecture at the foot of Mt. Taiheizan (ā€œGreat Peaceful Mountainā€). Blessed with abundant high-quality sake rice & fresh clean mountain water, the generations have nurtured & developed renowned expertise in brewing sake. Kodamaā€™s sake is known for their rich texture & complex umami taste. One of the secrets behind this is in the special creation of moto (yeast starter) before main fermentation. Kodama has developed a modern, modified version of the traditional kimoto method, known as the ā€œAkita Kimoto Methodā€ to create a strong moto. The finished strong moto made by this Akita Kimoto style is clean & well-suited to the cold Akita climate for slow, prolonged fermentations. It is these long fermentations at low temperatures which create elegant fragrance and intensity.