Zuisen Sake Brewery
Zuisen sake brewery was founded on May 1st, 1887. In the old days, in order to maintain the high quality of Awamori, the government of Ryukyu Kingdom allowed brewing Awamori in 3 castle towns – Sakiyama, Akata and Torihori, these 3 towns were called Sanka. Sanka was in strict control over Awamori and kept its traditional taste. Shuri’s high-quality Awamori, “Ryukyu Awamori Zuisen” was named by Kouei Kyan, the founder of Zuisen sake brewery. There was a gushing fountain in the middle of stone steps that head to the 2nd gate of Shuri Castle. The official name of the fountain is “Zuisen.” However, water came out of a hole that was designed as a head of the dragon, so it is also known as “Ryuhi”.
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Representative: Gaku Sakumoto
Address: 1-35 Shuri Sakiyama-cho, Naha City, Okinawa
Foundation (year) 1887
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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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