Sake Takanami Honjozo Genshu, Nama-zake
Type of Rice: Miyamanishiki
Rice Polishing: 65%
Brewery: Marunaga Shuzo
Takanami Sake Brewery, one of Nagano Prefecture’s oldest sake breweries, has now brought its range of sakes to Singapore. Established during Japan’s early Meiji era in 1871, Takanami – 高波, or “high wave” – sprung into the fore when it started winning over a legion of fans – and a slew of awards – for its top quality sakes since the 1990s.
Now that’s a feat for any brewery, but especially for one based in a prefecture with the second largest number of sake breweries in Japan. Part of it is its way of making sake, a tradition that’s been handed down generations to now president and sake master Motoharu Nagahara, who runs the business with his family. Like his ancestors before him, Nagahara leverages on the pristine waters running through the Japanese Alps – and combines that with Nagano’s original yeast strains and top-grade Yamadanishiki and Miyamanishiki rice to create their range of six exquisite sakes.