As most of you already know, on January 1, 2024, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake hit the coast of Ishikawa Prefecture in central Honshū, the main island of Japan. Many sake breweries in the area sustained extensive damages with some even collapsing. Many are no longer able to brew sake for this season and possibility in the near future. Fortunately, our partner breweries, Tengumai (Shata Shuzo) and Fukumitsuya, were only mildly affected and brewing continues. However, many of the breweries’ family and friends lost their homes. Our hearts and thoughts are with all the victims and the families in the area affected by this devastating earthquake.
Sake brewers are a tight knit group and are at the ready to help each other. Recently, Tengumai (Shata Shuzo) offered to help Kazuma Shuzo in Noto Peninsula by taking 5000L of their moromi (the main fermentation stock) to brew sake on behalf of Kazuma Shuzo. We all hope that they will be able to rebuild and reproduce their sake again.
In support of the sake breweries affected by the earthquake, we have create a mixed pack of 4 sakes from Tengumai and Fukumitsuya. 30% of the sales proceeds with be donated to the Ishikawa Brewery Association which has set up a fund to aid in the recovery of breweries.
We hope you will support the relief efforts by purchasing the mixed pack.
Tengumai Junmai Daiginjo 50– Made from top “A” grade area Yamadanishiki polished to 50% from Hyogo prefecture, notes of fresh pears. Never showy, a daiginjo that can pair with a wide range of dishes.
Tengumai Yamahai Nigori - Elegant and silky on the palate with a bitter sweetness from the kasu left in the sake, this sake is delicious with sashimi, BBQ, cheese fondue, etc..
Kazeyo Mizuyo Hitoyo Junmai - Light bodied and exceptionally smooth, a great sake to start a meal. Low in alcohol and very clean, this is an easy drinking sake with delicate notes of cedar and tropical fruits.
Kagatobi Gokkan Junmai - A full-bodied sake with delicate flavours and nuts and tropical fruits on the finish. It is brewed in the coldest months of the year to create a sake with great acidity, weight and balance to pair with fatty fish, soy sauce based dishes and tempura.
<About Shata Shuzo, Ishikawa>
Shata Shuzo was founded in 1823, late in the Edo Period. The name "Tengumai" means “dance of the Raven Gods” and it is said that the Tengu started to dance when they drank this sake. Since then, the Shata family has continued to brew sake in the traditional Kanazawa tradition.
<About Fukumitsuya Sake Brewery, Ishikawa>
Fukumitsuya Sake Brewery was founded in the Edo period in 1625. With the highest level of craftsmanship and artisanal brewing, the brewery has enjoyed a reputation as one of the finest sake breweries in the region.