Basic is a lineup of sake brewed completely by hand to be the royal road of TATENOKAWA. It is brewed mainly with Dewasansan and Miyamanishiki, both of which are grown with less agricultural chemicals and less chemical fertilizers by contract farmers in Shonai.
The sake is brewed without eccentricity, aiming to be a sake that follows the main road, which is delicious not only with Shonai's local cuisine, but also with common Japanese food such as Sushi, Tempura, Kaiseki (" Japanese traditional cuisine "), and fish dishes, or to support the flavor of the dishes. The lineup is designed for casual, elegant, and gorgeous dining scenes, so please don't expect any aromatic impact, gas, or strong sweetness.
However, it is brewed using the same methods as the high-class products, such as in-house rice polishing, limited water absorption, koji making using original koji boxes, low temperature long-term unrefined sake, and rapid sterilization and cooling using plate heaters, so you will be able to see a glimpse of these methods.
Sato Jumpei（6th Generation Brewer）
SEIRYU All Year Round
English name: STREAM
Named after its lightness and transparency. Made with Yamagata Prefecture original sake rice Dewasansan, milled so that only 50% of the grain remains, and with less alcohol than standard sake at 14%, the palate is light, fruity and vivacious with a slight hint of acidity, followed by a gentle smooth finish.
The charm of this Junmai Daiginjo has to be its low price.
Recently awarded a great gold medal in the main section of the 2017 'Sake That Tastes Good in a Wine Glass' awards, also a gold medal in the Junmai Daiginjo section of 'Kura Master 2017'. More information can be found here
MIYAMA NISHIKI NAKADORI All Year Round
English name: CLEAN DRY(MIYAMA NISHIKI MIDDLE-CUT)
Middle-cut is the name given to the part of the sake mash with the best balance of aroma and flavour. Made with the sake rice variety Miyama Nishiki, cultivated by our own sake rice research institute, this is a sake that shows off the best characteristics of the rice: a deep sharp citrus like acidity.
A slightly reserved nose lends itself to an expansive rustic flavour. A clean sake with a good balance of acidity that pairs well with all types of food.
Awarded gold in the 2012 'Sake That Tastes Good in a Wine Glass' awards. Learn more here.
DEWASANSAN NAKADORI All Year Round
English name: RICH DRY(DEWASANSAN MIDDLE-CUT)
Middle-cut is the name given to the part of the sake mash with the best balance of aroma and flavour. Made with Dewasansan, developed by our own research society with a view to producing soft sake. A mild Junami Daiginjo that enters with a doggedly demure fruity nose of apple, pear and cherry, followed by a delicate sweet flavour, and acidity in perfect balance, with a well rounded finish.
Optimum drinking temperature is around 15 degrees or serve cooler for a fuller flavour.
HONRYU KARAKUCHI All Year Round
English name: MAINSTREAM DRY
The sort of sake that continues to be a firm favourite of the sake aficionado.Made with Dewasansan sake rice, with a longer fermentation to turn more of the sugar into alcohol and achieve a sake meter value of +8. But this is not your average dry sake: dry for the sake of being dry, No; it has plenty of umami, a relaxed aroma, a bit of bite, and balance of flavour that pairs well with a variety of different cuisine.
SOUKARA Limited Quantity
English name: COOL DRY
(Started shipping from 25th May 2015)
A lower ABV is what gives this sake its much more relaxed feel. The first Junmai Daiginjo in the "TATENOKAWA" lineup to be made with Miyama Nishiki sake rice.
While a little reserved, its beautiful aroma has an air of sophistication, and even at +12 on the dryness scale, this is a sake with a moderate, pleasant, dry palate that is well-rounded and easy to drink, making this a must for all beginners.
Chill well in the hot summer months for an even cooler taste.
GENRYU HIYAOROSHI Seasonal
English name: HEADWATER BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU
(Normally ships from the end of August onwards)
A seasonal Autumn sake that has undergone a slow refrigerated ageing process throughout the summer months to give it a mild deep flavour. An excellent match for any savoury meaty dishes: pair with Matsutake Mushrooms and Pacific Saury for the complete taste of Autumn. Serve at low temperature to start with, then increase the temperature for a wide-ranging richer flavour.
SHURYU All Year Round Limited Supply
English name: VOGUE
We present to you our entry into the market of Ginjo sakes with perfumed aromas and beautiful flavours that have very much become the trend of recent years. Made with Yamada Nishiki sake rice polished to 50%, a combination of Sake Yeast Society No.9 yeast, and an aroma producing yeast, we are confident that this is an article of rare beauty. A florid nose and full-bodied flavour that is typical of Yamada Nishiki sake rice make for a well-balanced spread mid palate.
Awarded a Silver medal at the 2015 and 2016 IWC (International Wine Challenge), in the Junmai Ginjo, Junmai Daiginjo category, and a Silver medal at 'Sake Competition 2016' in the Jummai Daiginjo category. You can find more details here
OMACHI All Year Round Limited Supply
English name: OMACHI
It is 4 years since TATENOKAWA,INC. last used the Omachi varietal of sake rice. This is a Junmai Daiginjo with an unrivalled well rounded flavour, a soft chilled- out aroma that is typical of Omachi, and an expansive gentle rich palate. Serve at room temperature to discover another layer of depth.