Rihaku is named after the famous Chinese poet from the 8th century, Li Po, who was known to drink a big bottle of sake and write a hundred poems. Rihaku boasts one of the highest average milling rates of all Japanese sake breweries—a testament to its dedication to high quality. Each Rihaku sake in the portfolio is made with a different type of sake rice, demonstrating how the deliberate style of a producer can be expressed by four rice types.
With broad appeal and a memorable, sturdy flavor, this sake has the ability to complement even the most wine-unfriendly vegetables. This Junmai Ginjo is made with Yamada Nishiki rice, known as the pinnacle of quality for sake rice. It is named after the famous Chinese poet, Li Po, who was said to drink a bottle of sake and write one hundred poems.
Brewed with a newly developed rice called Kan no Mai that withstands cold climates and is full of smoky, saline rice flavors. The rice name is a word made of the Japanese characters “Kan,” translated to “God,” and “Mai,” meaning dance or stage. The specific milling rate of 68% employed in this sake results in a one-of-a-kind flavor profile.
Dreamy Clouds is quite special because its milling rate of 59% technically qualifies it as Junmai Ginjo grade – a rare quality level for a nigori (cloudy) sake. It presents an opportunity to move Nigori drinkers forward to new styles of sake.