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 Tokugetsu(得月) is a seasonal limited-edition Junmai Daiginjo brewed by Asahiyama, the makers of the famed Kubota sake series. The Tokugetsu is made using a special rice ‘Yukino’, a rice hybrid derived from the famous Niigata Koshi-hikari rice. The Rice Polish Ratio of the Tokugetsu stands at 28%, a very fine ratio that is only achievable by the most intricate process available.
One can expect hints of apricot, flower blossoms and koji rice to the nose. You can literally taste the pureness of water in this sake. The Tokugetsu is one of the purest and cleanest sake that you might ever taste, promising a crystal clear experience.