Fukuchiyo Shuzō
Fukuchiyo Shuzō was founded in 1885 and is located south of Saga City in the town of Kashima facing the Ariake Sea. This small traditional brewery sells most of their Sake to the local community. its exquisite daiginjō and ginjō sake have received national and international recognition, making its product sought after by specialised sake shops and bars. Its daiginjō won the overall first prize at the 2011 IWC and accordingly Nabeshima sake became even more difficult to get.
The Nabeshima Sake is Daiginjō made using Yamada Nishiki rice, often given the moniker 'King of Sake Rice'. Most Daiginjō around Japan is made using this rice strain as it helps produce a fragrant Sake with a soft rounded flavour. Yamada Nishiki rice reliably produces a rice grain that has a consistent size and texture with a dense white core and a low protein content, however it can also be difficult to grow, so Fukuchiyo Shuzō has sourced the rice for this Sake from Okayama which is one of the areas that grows exceptional Yamada Nishiki rice.
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