Tamagawa Junmai Yamahai Muroka Nama Genshu "Red Label" BY2020

Tamagawa Junmai Yamahai Muroka Nama Genshu "Red Label" BY2020

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Sweet nuts on the nose: cashew, pistachio butter, cheesecake, sweet whey, okinawa brown sugar, nutella, and a twang of ammonia and smoky peat. The palata knocks you off your socks!: powerfully savory and dynamically different cereal/savory/toasted notes than anything else you've ever had. Rather than raw or even toasted buckwheat, I get the impression of buckwheat groats shallow frying in butter--toasted wild rice, or 12 grain pancakes -- heady, intoxicating, wildly evocative. The last aromas rising from a Summer fire pit dying down, burnt sugar, mezcal, especially long roasted agave hearts destined for distillation. Sweet notes of sultanas, hazelnut, amontillado sherry, birch syrup, comte and gruyere cheese.

A wild ride, that's for damn sure.


  • Vintage: 2020
  • Grade: Junmai Muroka Nama Genshu Namazake  Koshu
  • Rice: Gohakymangoku
  • Polishing: 66%
  • Yeast: Ambient
  • Starter: Yamahai
  • Alcohol: 21%


Toji Philip Harper says, "It's mine until I sell it, then it's yours." Do what you want to with it. Age it, drink it, leave it out, cook with it, warm it, chill it, whatever you like. It's yours to play with.