Red Koi Sake
At the time when Japanese sake was delivered in barrels, rice was a precious commodity. And so was the sake made from this rice.
In order to maximise profits, the breweries diluted their sake before delivering it to the sake shops. In turn, the sake shops also dilute their stock before selling it to the consumer.
The fraudulent practice became so commonplace that eventually a term was coined to refer to such a sake: kingyo-shu (goldfish sake), which means that the sake was so diluted that goldfish could swim in it.
The 250-year-old sake brewery Imayotsukasa never took part in such a practice. In fact, as legend has it, they maintain excellent relationships with the sake shops that appreciated their pure sake.
The sake brewing family decided to create a sake that was inspired by this important part of the history of the sake brewery.
Little is known about how this sake is made, only the accent on "genchu" which means that the sake is not diluted.
Brewery: Imayotsukasa (Niigata, Niigata)
Type: Junmai DaiGinjo
Rice: 100% Gohyakumangoku
Polishing Ratio: >50% (Unknown)
Sake Meter Value: Unknown
Serve temperature: 10-15°C