A beautiful woman is a flute-playing. What’s Honjozo Sake?

It’s the end of the year. We had a lot of year-end parties. I served Rice wine (sake) at each one.
In the midst of it all. I often encounter this.

  1. History of the brewery
  2. Opening the package
  3. Taste evaluation
  4. What is Honjozo-shu?
  5. Today’s food of choice

Gakki Masamune Honjozo-shu

I love that it is a flute even though she is a kimono beauty.

Gakki_Masamune_Rice_wine (sake)
Gakki_Masamune_Rice_wine (sake)

Japan Ranking: 33rd
Fukushima ranking 3rd

This is Honjozo.
Some brands smell like brewing alcohol and are difficult to drink, but this GAKKI MASAMUNE has a fresh aroma, a good balance of sharpness and acidity, and a moderate spiciness.It is a masterpiece that is easy to drink.It’s also available at a reasonable price, and it’s a great brand to choose for honjozo sake.I enjoyed it very much.

The aroma is faintly fruity.
The first sip of melon? The first sip has a melon like taste.
It has the freshness of a medium-strength sake, but without the Honshu brewing feel.
The flavor of the sake lingers in the mouth.
It seems to go well with white fish and refreshing dishes!

Gakki_Masamune_Rice_wine (sake)
Gakki_Masamune_Rice_wine (sake)

In a liquor store, there was a bottle of “Gakki Masamune”.
I pick it up every time, but I’m not sure whether to buy it or not. There are other famous sake as well.
And so I bought it today.

History of the brewery

The name “Gakki Masamune” comes from the fact that during the Taisho era (1912-1926), when Daikichi II was in charge of the brewery, Prince Asakamiya visited the area and asked for some sake from the Daikichi branch.

From the official page of Instrument Masamune

In the old days, big people would often visit sake breweries.
The last time I wrote about Shichiken, it was also visited by an important person.

Opening the package

Gakki_Masamune_Rice_wine (sake)_cap
Gakki_Masamune_Rice_wine (sake)
Gakki_Masamune_Rice_wine (sake)
Gakki_Masamune_Rice_wine (sake)

It’s old style.
Opening the package

The aroma is of melon, or perhaps sweet melon, with a hint of sourness characteristic of sake.


Gakki_Masamune_Rice_wine (sake) 

Taste evaluation

Gakki_Masamune_Rice_wine (sake)_chart
Gakki_Masamune_Rice_wine (sake)_chart

The taste is slightly different at the beginning and end.
The mouthfeel is thin and easy to drink. In the middle, there is a sweetness and a slight spiciness that comes through the nose.
It’s not like a traditional Ginjo-shu, but it feels as if there are two flavors mixed together.
It’s curious. I didn’t look carefully, but the specific name is “Honjo-shu”.

What is Honjozo-shu?
What is Honjozo-shu ? What is Kake Rice?
What is Honjozo-shu ? What is Kake Rice?


In short, it can be divided into two groups: Jummai-shu and Ginjo/Honjozo, with the latter being more rice-rich because the rice polishing ratio is less than 70%. Kake rice: 70%.

What is Honjozo-shu?

First, the difference between the Jummai-shu” and Honjozo-shu groups.
In the Jummai-shu group, the only ingredients are rice and rice malt. In contrast, the Honjozo-shu group has other ingredients such as alcohol added to the rice and rice malt.
In addition, the name changes depending on the rice polishing ratio.
In the Honjozo-shu group, the rice polishing ratio of 50% or less is called “Daiginjo-shu”.
The Honjozo-shu group is divided into three categories: Daiginjo-shu, Ginjo-shu and Special Honjozo-shu.
Below 70% is called Honjozo-shu.
Jummai-shu is classified at the same level as Honjozo-shu. The percentage of rice polished is the same, but is it just the rice and rice malt, or are there additional ingredients? That’s the difference.

It is not necessarily the same in terms of taste, but the tendency is for the Jummai-shu group to have a sweetness from the rice, and the Honjozo-shu group to have a sweetness from the rice. The Honjozo-shu group has a more pronounced aroma and is more fruity when compared.
This is one of several important factors that make it easy to visualize the taste when buying sake.

What is Kake Rice?
In simple terms, it is rice that is used to add additional steamed sake rice like a quilt to the fermentation liquid that is used to make alcohol. This will be explained later.

Today’s food of choice
Baby Star Ramen
Baby Star Ramen

Today’s snack is Baby Star Ramen. It’s a famous snack in Japan, and in other countries, it’s a snack you eat when you get hungry, just like almonds and walnuts. It is made by kneading chicken flavor into a noodle similar to ramen and then frying it in oil. It is very savory and salty, and is one of my favorite things to drink.

Instrument Masamune is well balanced. The price is reasonable, so that’s another point.

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