Our brewery was founded in Kumihama township in the Kyotango region of Kyoto Prefecture in 1842, where we have made sake ever since.
Our brand name, Tamagawa, can be translated as “Jewel River”, and is thought to derive from the Kawakamidani River which flows by the brewery.
The character 川 (kawa or gawa in compound words) is an ideogram showing the flow of a river, which is what it means. Tama (玉) means an orb or a jewel, and by extension expresses the idea of precious beauty.
It is thought that the name reflects the reverence in which our ancestors held rivers and water in the Shinto tradition.
Tamagawa Brewery is also the only brewery in Japan to have a Master Brewer who is not Japanese.
Brewing science textbooks say that sake yeast begins to weaken and die when the level of alcohol passes eighteen percent. However, the spontaneous fermentation range we make without using pure yeast cultures ferments to more than twenty percent alcohol every year.
Every season, we allow our house yeast its chance to push the envelope by fermenting to its limits for this product. Spicy, fiery and rich, and not for the lily-livered or faint-hearted.
“3U” (Undiluted, unpasteurized, unfiltered) Junmaishu (yamahai)
Polishing Ratio: 66%
Keep and drink chilled.
- Kyoto Prefecture