A soft and rich sake that every reviewer we found highlights for smoothness.
Tsukinokatsura Heiankyo is a premium release from Masuda Tokubee Shoten brewery, founded 1675 -one of the oldest established brewery’s in the Fushimi area of Kyoto, this Tokubetsu (special release) sake also uses the most expensive sake rice “Iwai”
Iwai rice has faced a significant journey, having been listed as a recommended variety before being delisted due to food shortages; Kyoto no longer having any obligation to supply the rice seeds to farmers caused the Iwai rice variety to deteriot; this listing and delisting was again repeated in 1955/1973, this time because it was too tall for harvesters; finally in 1992 the revival was accomplished to create a truly Kyoto representative sake.
Iwai rice is seen as having “King” status the same status as Yamada though rarer and more difficult to grow (lower yields and higher water needs) but produces a wonderfully smooth and rich sake.
This sake is:
Junmai (no added alcohol)
Daiginjo (polished to 50% on Iwai rice)
Tokubetsu (special sake in this case unique rice)