Mizuho Shuzo Sake Brewery
Mizuho Shuzo is a brewery that was born in the ancient city of Shuri in 1848 AD in the first year of Kaei. In the year of the throne of King Sho Tai of the Ryukyu Kingdom, its history has been nurtured and cherished along with the tradition of the royal family. Ryukyu Awamori made by Mizuho Shuzo is a historical and traditional awamori. Awamori was managed as a precious sake and was made only in the three towns of Shuri Castle (Shuri Sanka). Mizuho Shuzo is the oldest existing brewery in Shuri, which was founded in Toribori-cho, one of the three Shuri-sanka.
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Representative: Misako Tamanaha
Address: Shurisueyoshi-cho 4-5-16, Naha City, Okinawa
Foundation (year) 1848
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Okinawa Sake Breweries
Okinawa Prefecture is located on the Ryukyu Islands. In the Okinawan dialect, Awamori is called “Saki”. For the locals, sake was Awamori. Japan’s oldest spirits, Awamori is said to have a history of 600 years. It uses Thai rice (Indica rice) to make koji (mold), ferment it by adding water and yeast, and then distilled it by using pot stills. It is said that this manufacturing method hasn’t changed much from 600 years ago. Awamori that has been aged for three years or more is called “Kusu”. The greatest feature of awamori is as time passes, the ingredients inside of awamori continue to mature and the flavor changes, so after bottling, it still grows to become much more tasteful kusu. In Okinawa, pouring the alcohol in a clay pot or a bottle for aging is often expressed as “let it sleep”, the longer you let it sleep the more it becomes sweeter and creates mellow texture in your mouth. The richness of its flavor is equaled to the world’s most renowned whiskeys and brandies.
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