Hakuto sake is brewed with deep faith and great passion by the husband and wife team of Kiichi and Akiko Hakuto. The brewery is a small, family-run business in a remote but prized town in Japan. The town is Wajima, located on the tip of the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa prefecture. Wajima is famous for “Wajima-nuri,” “nuri” being lacquerware. Wajima-nuri is hand-crafted using traditional methods passed down from generation to generation. The Hakuto’s make their sake with the same care and spirit as the makers of “Wajima-nuri.”
Hakuto is elegant, refined, delicate, and charming. This Tokubetsu Junmai is a perfect representation of their house style—balancing full flavor with elegance and refinement. Stylistically, it shows umami, hints of sweetness, subtle fragrance, and finishing spice. On the nose, this sake shows honey and winter spice. On the palate, these same notes come through with complexity, subtlety, and finesse. It finishes with a crisp spice. It is a sake that continues to draw you in with each sip because of its balance, elegance, layers, and flavor.
Overall, this sake shows a wonderful balance between elegance and strength. It is clean and delicate, especially on the nose, but it is also layered, and solid. On the nose, it is delicately floral, with hints of winter spice. On the palate, it shows white pear, maple syrup, and browned butter. It finishes with a delicate, crisp acidity.
Rice: Yamada Nishiki (koji); Gohyakumangoku (brewing)
Rice Polishing: 55%
Sake Meter Value: +2
Pressing: Saseshiki (slow funashibori)
Pasteurization: Once in bottle