Brewery: Asahi Shuzo
Asahi Shuzo (朝日酒造は) is one of the oldest nihon-shu breweries in Niigata, Japan. Founded in 1830, under the original name of Asahiyama, the brewery has been operating under the tradename of ‘Kubota-ya’ (久保田屋) since, and is one of the representative hallmarks of the prefecture.
Based in the city of Nagaoka, the city is located in the yukiguni (雪国) belt of Japan, famed for its pristine waters and its famed rice farming techniques. Asahi Shuzo has always placed emphasis on the quality of Sake rice, selecting the best during every harvest season.
The ‘Senshin’ Junmai Daiginjo is the one of the finest sakes from Asahi Shuzo. The Senshin has its rice polished to a fine 28% with an intricate process that lasts 72 hours. The sake is then aged for more than a year. One can expect a nose of citrus and honeydew with a multi-layered, zesty and peppery aftertaste.