Hirako Shuzo is located in Ishinomaki, a port town at the mouth of the former Kitakami River in the Miyagi Prefecture. This area is home to one of the top three fishing grounds in the world, Sanriku Kinkazan. This leads to abundant seafood catches each season and in the local cuisine. As a result, Hirako Shuzo’s Hitakami sake pairs very well with fish and seafood. The soft, transparent, and crisp aftertaste of Hitakami sake brings out the flavor of seafood but also cleanses the oiliness in fish away. “If you’re going to have fish, have it with Hitakami!” is the theme that they create their sake around. The name "Hitakami" comes from the old name "Hitakamigawa", which refers to the current Kitakami River.
The 5th president of the brewery, Takahiro Hirai, is also known as a huge sushi lover who is nicknamed “Sushi Prince”, would love to see more of Ishinomaki’s local sushi paired with his sake. He also believes in “true local sake (jizake)”. Meaning that local sake should be produced by local people, leading him to hire young brewers in the area. With fresh enthusiasm and passion, Hirai san and his brewers continue to brew sake the Nanbu Toji way.
Item Number: 8574
Package: 6/720 ml
Origin: Miyagi, Japan
Brewery: Hirako Shuzo
Alcohol Content: 15.5%
Tasting Notes from Sake School of America Specialist:
Hitakami’s signature product! Restrained aromas of wet leaves, mushroom, honey, yellow apple, pineapple and orange zest. Pleasing bright acidity, dry, ample umami, rounded mouthfeel, finishes vibrant and crisp. For those who LOVE dry sake and something wallet friendly.