Sake brewing made by Morita Shoube
Chief Brewer Morita Heijibe(Aomori Prefecture Governor Certified Aomori Meister)
A Family Tradition of Handmade Sake: Quality over Quantity
One of our sake brands at Komaizumi is called Magokoro, which means "Pureness of heart." We gave it this name to mirror our desire to work hard and produce a sincere and superior sake. Komaizumi is made with traditional Nanbu brewing methods as well as state of the art techniques. Our long-standing motto is to stick to the basics, so although we always keep the science of sake brewing in mind, we temper this with the experience of our brewers. In producing Komaizumi sake, we quickly established a steadfast system for our brewers with the mantra that the taste of the sake is only as good as the technical skill of the brewer, which, in turn, is only as good as the longstanding technical skills of the brewery. We will continue to produce delicious and savory Komaizumi sake in the future.
WaterWater from the Takasegawa Underground River of East Hakkoda
The three key ingredients to sake brewing are water, rice, and the brewer. Japanese sake is 80% water, so this natural resource has a huge effect on the quality of the sake. The water we use for brewing is pure underground water from the Takase River, a stream which flows from the Hakkoda Mountains. It is extremely clear and cold, has just the right amount of minerals, and is soft water with a mild taste. We use this water after sterilizing it in safe and environmentally friendly ozone.
RiceRice Nurtured by the Sunlight and Water of Aomori Prefecture All of the rice we use is grown in Aomori Prefecture.
We carefully select our ingredients from such rice varieties as Masshigura, Mutsuhomare, Reimei, and other local brands produced in the Nanbu region, as well as Hanaomoi, Hanafubuki, and other brands developed in Aomori Prefecture and favored by sake brewers. We polish this rice to a ratio of 35 to 70% with an average rice polishing ratio of about 55%. This gives our rice a highly polished white color.
BrewersBrewing with the Power of Youth Stick to the Basics
Today's sake brewers are committed to their craft and continue to use traditional brewing techniques which have been passed down for generations. They also keep the brewer's motto, "Stick to the basics," close to their hearts and always do an honest day's work. Brewers also rely on communication to foster teamwork and this is definitely one of the main reasons why delicious high-quality sake gets made. Like the pure water used in brewing, the brewery is always overflowing with a good working atmosphere and the vibrant energy of young people.