This Sake is made from Yamada Nishiki, which is the “king of rice”. It is a premium Sake with a mellow, rich flavor, and was created by our very own Toji-Kan, Masao Nakazawa, who was awarded the Medal with Yellow Ribbon by the Japanese government for his achievements. A Toji-Kan possesses superior technique and is preeminent even amongst chief brewers, serving as a model for Sake production. One will thoroughly enjoy a cup of this jewel-like Sake, the fruit of Nakazawa’s technique and stringently selected ingredients. Alternatively, drink it heated to 50°C and discover its exquisite balance of umami elements. It is the ultimate hot Sake experience.
The Hakutsuru Sake Brewing Company was founded in 1743, in the middle of Japan's Edo period. Records show that the company started with a single brewhouse and had a total production volume of 32 kiloliters. The name "Hakutsuru" has a long tradition, first coming into use in 1747, four years after the company's founding.
In those days, many sake brand names were used in common, such as Masamune or Tsuru, and it was difficult to tell which brewery a sake came from by its name. To make the distinction clear, we originally named our high-grade sake "Hakutsuru" (meaning "white crane") to set it apart. The Japanese crane's reserved character and graceful appearance, and the cultural association of seeing the crane in flight as an auspicious sign, make the crane an ideal symbol to represent the excellent quality of our sake.