The Tamagawa 3U limited edition series from Kinoshita Shuzo in Kyoto prefecture is a seasonal item sold between December and April. The 3U stands for unpasteurised, unfiltered (no charcoal fining) and undiluted. Produced using ambient yeast of the brewery which is especially vigorous, fermenting strongly. These pack a punch at 22 degrees alcohol available in Omachi, Yamada-nishiki and Gohyaku-mangoku rice varieties.
Kinoshita brewery in Kyoto prefecture has been brewing sake since 1842. Tamagawa meaning ‘Jewel River’ which flows near the brewery, is led by British-born Philip Harper who has been with the brewery since 2008.
Producer – Kinoshita Shuzo
Region – Kyoto prefecture
Junmai (rice, water, yeast, koji)
Yamahai – Natural yeast starter
Muroka – No charcoal fining
Nama – Unpasteurised
Genshu – Undiluted
Rice Polishing Ratio – 66%
Rice Type – Available in Omachi, Yamada-nishiki and Gohyaku-mangoku
Yeast Strain – Natural Yeast
Alcohol – 22%
Style – Roasted nuts, soy sauce, dried fruits and spices.
Serve – Chilled, room temperature, warm or hot