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Ichishima


Long one of the most prominent breweries in the Niigata region,Ichishima Shuzo has been owned and operated by the Ichishima family since its founding in 1790. This illustrious clan played an important role in the history of the region, at one time operating a pharmaceutical company, shipping agency, and financing business in addition to the brewery. In the 1700's the Ichishimas were one of the five biggest land-holding families in the country,and it is said that one could walk the 40 miles from the brewery to Niigata city without leaving Ichishima property. The brewery continues to draw on its long history and access to local ingredients to produce some of the highest quality sake in a region known for premium production.

Despite its history and tradition, however, the brewery is no stranger to innovation. When the fourth president returned from a trip to Germany, he created the Aumont label in the style of European family crests, a label that Ichishima continues to use in Japan to this day. The brewery is also proud to be one of the first to open its doors to female brewery workers, something that was long resisted by other brewers throughout the country.

By managing to maintain tradition as well as an openmindedness, Ichishima Shuzo has been able to produce consistently high quality sake, as evidenced by its perennial status as a gold medal winner at the National New Sake Competition.

With Kenji Ichishima-san back in March 2015:

Ichishima Shuzo awards

NATIONAL NEW SAKE AWARDS JAPAN

  • 2014  Gold Medal
  • 2013  Awarded
  • 2012  Awarded
  • 2011  Gold Medal
  • 2010  Gold Medal

KANTO-SHINETSU REGIONAL SAKE CONTEST JAPAN

  • 2013  Winner / Junmai Class
  • 2012  Winner / Junmai Class
  • 2010  Winner / Ginjo Class
  • 2010  Winner / Junmai Class

INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE LONDON UK

  • 2014
    Silver Medal / Daiginjo Class - Ginnoyorokobi
    Bronze Medal / Junmai Daiginjo Class - Hidematsu "Yamabuki"
  • 2013
    Bronze Medal / Ginjokoshu - Aumontnenrin
  • 2012
    Silver Medal / Daiginjo Class - Hidematsu "Ai"
    Bronze Medal / Honjozo Class - Hidematsu "Aka"
    Bronze Medal / Junmai Daiginjo Class - Hidematsu "Yamabuki"
  • 2011
    Trophy & Gold Medal / Honjozo Class - Hidematsu "Aka"
    Silver Medal / Daiginjo Class - Hidematsu "Ai"
    Silver Medal / Junmai Daiginjo Class - Hidematsu "Yamabuki"
  • 2010
    Bronze Medal - SILK Delux
    Bronze Medal - Hizoukoshu Aumont Ginjogenshu
  • Ichishima Junmai Daiginjo

    Ichishima

    Ichishima Junmai Daiginjo

    $68.00

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    Ichishima

    Ichishima Junmai Daiginjo

    $68.00

    Upon the first sip of Ichishima Junmai Daiginjo, the drinker notes aromas of pear and cherry as this creamy, light-bodied nectar of Japan glides down.  Sushi is a natural with this highly refined sake, but its enticing character beckons other great combinations.

    International Wine Challenge 2015 – Bronze medal awarded

    Grade : Junmai Daiginjo
    Rice : Gohyakumangoku
    Polish :50%
    SMV : +4
    Alcohol : 16%

    From Niigata Prefecture.

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  • Ichishima Karen Plum

    Ichishima

    Ichishima Karen Plum

    $29.00

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    Ichishima

    Ichishima Karen Plum

    $29.00

    Home-made plum wine from Shibata, Carefully harvested local plums, soaked 3 months in Ichishima Karen Silk Junmai Sake. Great drinking straight up.

    Alcohol: 8.0%

    From Niigata Prefecture.

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  • Ichishima Silk Deluxe Junmai

    Ichishima

    Ichishima Silk Deluxe Junmai

    $31.00

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    Ichishima

    Ichishima Silk Deluxe Junmai

    $31.00

    Silk in a bottle, this sake is light and energetic. Its mild sweetness is well-integrated with good acidity. Refreshing notes of honeydew melon and cucumber make it ideal sake to sip chilled, or even serve in cocktails.

    Extremely food friendly, pairs well with white fish or tempura.

    Grade: Junmai
    Rice: Gohyakumangoku
    Polish: 65 %
    SMV: -38
    Acidity: 2
    Alcohol: 10%

    From Niigata Prefecture.

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  • Ichishima Tokubetsu Honjozo

    Ichishima

    Ichishima Tokubetsu Honjozo

    $19.00

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    Ichishima

    Ichishima Tokubetsu Honjozo

    $35.00

    Subtle in aroma, this sake offers a smooth, dry and light entry to the palate.  Easy drinking and versatile in food pairing, it is an all-time favourite of the Niigata people, including the head of the brewery himself.  Try it with seafood, including most fish, shellfish and octopus.

    Grade : Tokubetsu Honjozo
    Rice : Gohyakumangoku
    Polish : 60%
    SMV : +8
    Alcohol : 14.9%

    From Niigata Prefecture.

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