Houou Biden Yuzu / 鳳凰美田 ゆず
Brewery: Kobayashi Sake Brewery, Tochigi
ABV: 13% – 14%
Ingredients: Treasured Yuzu of Tochigi, Hououbiden Ginjo sake
Drinking Method: Straight, on the rock, with added water, or with added soda.
Hououbiden Sake Brewery’s treasured yuzu sake is made using high-quality yuzu, which is known nationwide as a specialty of Tochigi. This is a richly flavored yuzu sake that condenses the refreshing flavor of yuzu! It is prepared luxuriously with Hououbiden’s Ginjo sake, and the pulp and sludge are not removed, so it is full of the refreshing flavor of yuzu!
Founded in 1872 (Meiji 5), Kobayashi Sake Brewery produces approximately 1,200 koku, representative of the brand “Hououbiden”. The name of the sake comes from the fact that the brewery was located in Mita Village, a high-quality rice producing region blessed with abundant underground water from the Nikko Mountains.
Houou Mita uses either the “Fune Shibori” or “Shizuku Shibori” methods. Most of the sake is squeezed using the same method as Daiginjo, called “Shizuku Shibori”, and it has the atmosphere of Daiginjo in terms of taste and aroma. There are many aspects of these Ginjo-type sake that cannot be automated, and the result is often higher quality sake that is actually made by hand.