AIZUWAKAMATSU | Tsuru Noeshuzō is one of the many sake brewers in Aizuwakamatsu. The reason there are so many sake brewers in this part of the world are many. First, the water is very pure. Second, the distinctive weather patterns and seasonal changes, help local farmers grow some of the best rice in Japan. Third, the consistent snowfall during winter, which helps stabilise low temperatures, is perfect for brewing sake.
Tsuru Noeshuzō was founded in 1794, and is notable for the fact that they use no modern machinery to brew their sake. It’s all handmade small batches here, which means that a lot of care and attention goes into each bottle of sake. Tsuru Noeshuzō’s sake are light and delicate, and well worth sampling (and buying) if you’re in town. Be sure to start with two of the most highly regarded sake available from Tsuru Noeshuzō – the Tokubetsu Honjozo NV and Junmai NV. Do make sure to buy a jar of miso from here on your way through as well – the perilla miso is especially fantastic.
Fukushima Prefecture 965-0044
Telephone: 0242 27 0139
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