Using the fantastic Heiwa umeshu (yes, the fuzzy pink one!) as a base, fresh Wakayama strawberries from local farms are macerated for several days to extract all that super-ripe, plump, berry flavor. The color is a deep red, the aroma is pure strawberry syrup, but the flavor is a surprisingly tangy, balanced, not-too-sweet blend of plum and strawberry. On ice, fantastic; over froyo, fantastic. And you only needed a tablespoon to perk up a glass of sparkling water. Bam! Strawberry delight.
- Prefecture: Wakayama
- Grade: Junmai (sake base)
- Ingredients: junmai sake, rock sugar, ume plums, strawberries
- Acidity: 1.7
- Water: Koyasan Nansui (soft)
- Alcohol: 10%
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.