This rare Yamahai sake is hand-bottled and numbered in custom ceramic after aging in special caves beneath the brewery that were originally used as bomb shelters during WWII. Made using the yamahai method which is a labor-intense method of activating the naturally occuring lactic acid using paddles, resulting in a wilder flavor profile. The quality of this sake is excellent; the hallmark is intensity. The name Thousand Waves refers to the 1,000 bottles produced, as well pays homage to the brewery’s seaside location in Kanagawa.
A firm initial approach gives way to layered complexity, including subtle tart, sweet, and gamey notes. Highlighted by citrus and banana aromas and a cocoa tinged flavor, the higher-than-average acidity results in a bright and smooth sake.
Pair with braised duck, figs, winter squash, and beef ribs.
- Tokubetsu Junmai Yamahai
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Tensei is a multi-talented brewery defined by an entrepreneurial spirit, an international outlook, and a laid-back surfer atmosphere.
• The cultured and forward-thinking brewery has a hand in other enterprises as well, including a beer brewery, a Japanese restaurant, an Italian restaurant, a bakery, and an art gallery all on site.
• Tensei is inspired by Kanagawa’s beautiful coastline and surfer culture. The town is also the birth place of the famous Japanese woodblock art, The Great Wave.
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- Tensei Brewery
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- Toji (master brewer):
- Tetsuro Igarashi
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- Brewery President:
- Mokichi Kumazawa