Niwa no Uguisu contains only 6% alcohol by volume, making it very(!) easy to drink and well suited to a lazy afternoon. It’s delightfully thick with grains of rice, and has a nice fruity aroma. If you feel like nigori just isn't cutting it, and you need something really substantial, well...
Doburoku isn't usually a complex flavor, but it's comforting and lovely, nourishing and even healthy-feeling like amazake. Notes of apple, peach, melon, kiwi, a bit of tart grapefruit, and soft fresh mochi. If you’re a fan of Calpis, Yakult, white Ramune, or even drinkable kefir, you’ll probably be a huge fan of this light-hearted doburoku! I adore it, and special order cases year after year...and even despite a substantial price increase (SO bummed), it's a real beauty.
- Brewery: Yamaguchi Shuzojo, est 1832
- Grade: Grades are not technically assigned to doburoku, but based on the polishing level this would qualify as a junmai ginjo.
- Brand: Niwa no Uguisu
- Prefecture: Fukuoka
- Rice: Yumeikkon
- Polishing: 60%
- Yeast: Proprietary
- Starter: Sokujo
A Love Letter to Doburoku
Adapted from Sunflower Sake Club writeup, March 2022