Hakkaisan Snow Age

Notes from the expert: "This Junmai Ginjo sake is aged for 3 years in tank at the Hakkaisan “Yuki Muro” building. This is a large snow storage cellar at the Hakkaisan brewery. Using 1,000 tons of snow, the sake tanks sit along side the snow pile in a large insulated room. The cold from the snow alone chills the tanks to 3˚C for 3 years, with no electricity used to refrigerate the room. The aging at such cold temperatures ensures the sake remains crystal clear but the flavor becomes more layered and rich, with distinct umami on the palate. In addition to traditional Japanese dishes, try pairing with steak or other rich, non-Japanese dishes. It really is delicious."