Heiwa Shuzo Tsuru-Ume Natsu Mikan

Heiwa Shuzo Tsuru-Ume Natsu Mikan

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The *perfect* sake mimosa starts with Tsuru-Ume Mikan.

Tsuru-ume Natsu Mikan is a (sometimes) seasonally limited Tsuru-ume release from Heiwa Shuzo. The name Tsuru-Ume refers to the use of Umeshu as its base, and natsu mikan refers to Japanese summer orange: natsu mikan!

There are many kinds of oranges grown in Wakayama, but to make this particular liqueur Heiwa Shuzo uses a combination of locally grown Natsu Mikan, Amanatsu and lemon. The fruit are all squeezed with the skin left on so that you can enjoy the powerful zestiness and balancing light bitterness (think Campari!) in this rich orange sake with a hint of fizz.

Brewery: Heiwa Shuzo
Prefecture: Wakayama
Grade: Junmai (sake base)
Acidity: 1.7
Water: Koyasan Nansui (soft)
Alcohol: 7%

Heiwa Shuzo was founded in 1928 and is located just outside Kainan City in Wakayama. The site where the brewery is located was a temple for over 500 years before the brewery was established. It wasn't until 1957 when Sake production commenced full-time. The brewery is located in a valley surrounded by mountains, blessed with high precipitation, resulting in a boundless supply of good quality soft spring water, perfect for brewing Sake.

Their incredibly soft and luscious water, known as Koyasan Nansui, flows down from Koyasan temple, a world heritage site. Heiwa gained massive popularity in Japan and overseas for their “KID” brand of sake. The name “KID” is an abbreviation of combining “kisshu”, the region where Wakayama lies, and “fudo” meaning environment. The name “KID” is also indicative of the sake’s playful, bright and energetic profile. Heiwa won Brewer of the Year at IWC in back to back years (2019 & 2020) a feat never accomplished by any other sake brewery.

Enjoy on the rocks or with a bit of sparkling wine or water for an easy Summer spritz.