Tamagawa Ice Breaker (Home Aged for Eight Years) | Saké Review

Home-aged unpasteurized sake of Tamagawa.

Tamagawa Ice Breaker (Home Aged for Eight Years) | Saké Review

Good Luck Lies in Odd Numbers

Enjoyed several cups of sake in an izakaya that I often go to, and I was getting ready to go home. The barmaster asked me, showing the bottle with only a little bit left, "Would you like to try a different sake?" He didn't wait for my response and served this nama brew that matured for eight years at room temperature. He already knew my answer.

It was Tamagawa Ice Breaker, the brewery's iconic summer sake. The label says it was bottled in June 2014, which probably means the brewery brewed in 2013 BY (Brewing Year).

The flavors are intense and taste like everything is packed. They are apricot, roasted tea (over-roasted), and roasted sugar. The sweetness reminiscent of wasanbon, traditional sugar produced in the Shikoku region with a delicate sweetness and fine texture, is smooth but thick. The complex afternotes are magnificent; light brown sugar syrup with a nuance of rice and the citrusy notes coexist in harmony. It gives an impression of being well-aged but remains the memories of adolescence.

According to the website, the ingredient rice of the current brew is Nihonbare, a table rice variety also widely used for sake brewing; however, I am not sure this brew of 2013 BY also with that rice.

Food Pairings

Sweet-and-sour pork, mapo tofu (spicy Sichuan dish of tofu and minced meat), and grainy cookies with nuts.

Tasted at Chisō Inaseya in February 2022

On the Label

Brewed by: Kinoshita Brewery in Kyōtango, Kyoto
Type: junmai ginjo, unfiltered nama genshu
Rice variety: unspecified