About Rihaku Tokubetsu Honjozo
First time ever introduced in Australia, this is Shimane prefecture’s world famous premium brewery Rihaku’s high standard special Honjozo. Rihaku Tokubetsu Honjozo has a couple reasons why they call it Tokubetsu, which meaning Special in Japanese. The first reason is that 100% premium sake rice called Gohyakumangoku grown locally in Shimane is used for this sake even though Junmai is not the highest grade of sake and it is more for everyday drinking. (Sake rice is bigger sized and better quality rice for sake making than normal eating rice. Rihaku Shuzo uses 100% premium sake rice for all of their products.) The second reason is they polish this premium sake rice up to 58% (which is 12% more than standard Junmai grade sake rice polishing rate 70%). That means they can even call this sake Ginjo, however, they are honest to its flavour and they call this sake Tokubetsu Honjozo on purpose. This attitude explains how strict their quality control is. Rihaku Tokubetsu Honjozo has a classic Shimane Rihaku style in a flavour. Quiet on your nose but slightly there is a character of Nashi pear. Comparing to Rihaku Tokubetsu Junmai, impact is much softer and quite smooth on a palate as typical Honjozo style. Then soft & mild richness spread slowly over your mouth with a nice dry finish. This is a sake could match well with salt grilled snapper or sweet soy pickled shiitake mushroom. Rihaku’s company motto is “Spreading the Sake culture and succeed it properly to the next generation.” This is the one of the best quality Honjozo Sake Japan can offer to the world. Compare with Rihaku Tokubetsu Junmai to enjoy the difference. PLEASE TRY!