In celebration of National Foundation Day in Japan, Miku is honouring Japan’s eighth oldest sake brewery, Yoshi No Gawa. Founded in 1548, Yoshi No Gawa is located in the renowned sake-making prefecture of Niigata, Japan. Through the test of time, they have perfected their craft, combining both tradition and innovation to produce sake of incredible quality.
A little background on what it means to be a Niigata sake brewery: The Niigata prefecture is a region famous for producing some of the best sake rice worldwide. Not only that, Niigata winters also create fresh yet soft mountain water. Both are used as key ingredients to creating Yoshi No Gawa’s delicate and smooth sake.
At Miku, we serve four brands of Yoshi no Gawa sake: Daiginjo, Gokujo, Toji no Banshaku, and the Aburi-exclusive Aburi Ginjo.
As the flagship sake of Yoshi No Gawa, the Daiginjo is aged at sub-zero temperatures for three years. Aromas of mint, white flower, and ripe cantaloupe combined with complex flavours of herbs, ginger and strawberry bring out the brewery’s true expression of elegance and complexity in sake.
Crisp, clean, and silky smooth, this ginjo sake exhibits fragrant floral aromas and mild flavors of stone fruit and citrus. Soft acids and a hint of bitterness gives this sake a delicate mouth feel with a refreshing finish. The Gokujo carries true characteristics of the famed Niigata style sake.
Toji no Banshaku
This Honjozo style sake has a small amount of brewers alcohol added to it to help release more flavour and aromatic compounds. On the nose, this sake offers a lot of umami: Scents of soy, mushroom and rice. On the palate, it is rich, smooth, and dry. A great option to be enjoyed warm in our sake bath.
Created exclusively for Aburi Restaurants, this ginjo style sake is light, crisp, and has faint notes of melon and vanilla. Cold winters in the Niigata region help to produce the fresh mountain water used to make this sake smooth and delicate. Aburi Ginjo makes for a wonderful pairing with our signature flame-seared Aburi sushi and is a fantastic choice for both novice and experienced sake drinkers.