Tamagawa "Red Label" Heirloom Yamahai Genshu Sake (720ml) SKU #1305466

Price: $34.99

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Tasting Notes

Tamagawa Sake has built a reputation for producing ultra high-quality sake of great distinction. The brewery, called Kinoshita, was established in 1842 and is the only Japanese sake brewery under the direction of a non-Japanese toji, the illustrious Philip Harper. The house style prioritizes intensity of flavor and elegance, but retains exquisite balance nonetheless. The spectacular "Red Label" Yamahai is fermented with ambient yeast unique to the Kinoshita Brewery and is never filtered or diluted. One of the most robust and full-flavored in their portfolio, but retains intense acidity which makes it one of the most food-friendly sake in the store. That said, it should be paired with more flavorful dishes, like grilled meats, stews, oysters and stinky cheese. Truly a wine drinkers' sake and could easily stand in for a Fino sherry in many situations. Does wonders hot, room temperature or chilled to around 50 degrees.

Staff Reviews

  • Stephen Allison
    By: Stephen Allison
    11/20/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Good god Mr. Harper, what a magnificent sake you have created. Intense fruity and savory aromas of gummy candy, strawberry, kiwi, marshmallow, mushroom and toasted nuts. One of the most complex, delicious, unique, intoxicating aromas on a sake. One sip and you know this is as good on the palate as it is on the nose: incredibly powerful but velvety and shockingly easy to drink. Structurally, this is maxed out straight down the line: the highest levels of umami, acidity, alcohol, and flavor intensity with the longest finish. Flavors of oily marcona almond and mushroom fried rice can be tasted for minutes. An unconventional masterpiece!
  • Kate Soto
    By: Kate Soto
    8/17/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    This earthy, intense sake is made by the first-ever non-Japanese brewmaster in Japan, Philip Harper. It is very expressive, packed full of umami and mushroom notes. It's full-bodied and gamey, and would be gangbusters with cheese.

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