A big, bold, intense classic with 19% ABV and a massive punch of flavor. There is nothing like the Funaguchi can besides the Funaguchi can, which has, in its time, inspired a million sake lovers. Funaguchi is, in fact, one of the most popular sake in the USA. It's full-bodied, rich and bright, and positively bursting with the fresh and creamy flavor of steamed rice, roasted hazelnuts, and pungent tropical fruit. Since Funaguchi's birth in the 47th year of the Showa period (1976), it has become beloved all over Japan, popular for home and restaurant consumption, and even as a portable treat for hikers and mountain climbers.
- Brewery: Kikusui Brewery, est 1881
- Location: Niigata
- Rice: Gohyakumangoku
- Polishing: 70%
- Yeast: #701
- SMV: -4
- ABV: 19%
- Acidity: 1.7
- Pressing: Yabuta
- Pasteurization: none; this nama genshu is micron filtered to remove yeast and bacteria, but enzymes are still present and active. As such, this is best stored in the fridge but unlike most nama, it can manage outside of the fridge for at least a few days.
Cheeseburger, Shiokara (heavily salted & fermented fish), Szechuan Cuisine & other strongly seasoned Chinese Cuisines, Chicken Empanadas, Ramen, Pizza, Mountain House backpacking meals...you name it. If it's strongly flavored, Funaguchi will do well.