Aoki Shuzo, makers of Kakurei, designed "Yuki Otoko" to be their super-dry brand of sake. For a while, it was so popular in Japan that the annual production sold out too quickly to export! They’ve since scaled up, so it comes to the US in limited amounts.
- Niigata (Uonuma)
- Gohyakumangoku, Koshiibuki(local)
- On-site well water from an underground mountain current. Very soft
- Starter: sokujo
- ABV: 15.5%
- SMV: +8
- Acidity: 1.2
Produced by Aoki Shuzo (1717) in Niigata. Yuki Otoko, bigfoot/yeti of Japan, is illustrated as a large hairy humanlike creature by Suzuki Bokushi in his masterpiece, Hokuetsu Seppu, the early 19th-century topographic essay on the life of the snowy southern Niigata region, where the brewery has been making sake for 300 years since 1717. Bokushi’s son became the seventh generation of the brewery. Legend has it that the Yuki Otoko has helped travelers carry their loads and guided them through mountain trails. The brewery donates part of their proceeds to support local rescue activities for hikers.