Watari Bune is an "heirloom" rice strain, meaning it has never been intercrossed with another varietal. It is also one of the parent strains to Yamada Nishiki, the most celebrated sake rice. Watari Bune had gone out of use for fifty years until this brewery revived it in 1989 with 14 grams of seeds. By 1996, they won a gold medal at Japan's National Sake Competition, and another in 1998. This is deep nutty earthy and complex sake with a balancing tropical pineapple and honeydew melon to balance. One of the best pairings for umami rich foods like pate or monkfish liver.
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