Senkin Sake Shuzo located in Tochigi just north of Japan is one of the most sought after and progressive sake brewers in Japan today.
Senkin, established in 1806, means 'crane serving God'. The rice is sourced, grown and brewed with water from cavern of Ryusendo Cave.
The brewery is now run by 11th generation brothers Kazuki Usui (Brewer) and Masato Usui (Toji), who work together as brewer and toji (respectively).
Senkin's sake are brighter and juicier than other sake; their focus is principally on deviating from the norm with elements of higher acidity and residual sugar levels. As their brewing motto is “Yokei na koto shinai” (do nothing unnecessary), all of their sake are brewed in small batches, are Muroka (unfiltered), Genshu (undiluted), and Nama (unpasteurized), as well as bottle aged in near-freezing temperatures.
Applying the same concept as a Domaine or Estate, Senkin uses the same water for brewing as that which grows their rice, and they will only use contract-farmed Omachi, Yamada Nishiki, or Kame no O rice grown within 5 minutes of the brewery. They proudly implement both modern and traditional brewing methods across their various sake series.
Polishing Ratio: 50%
- Tochigi Prefecture