The Hakuro Brewery in Nagaokoa (Niigata Prefecture) in the heart of the Echigo Plain, that is famous for its rice-growing. Hakuro Shozu can trace its history back to 1751. The area is dominated by the Tateyama mountain range and it is the melting snow from here than delivers mineral-rich water to the Echigo Plain from spring to summer resulting in a good rice harvest in the autumn. Hakuro Junmai Nigori-shu is only coarsely filtered to take out the larger bits of rice allowing small bits of rice particles into the bottling which gives the Sake its characteristic cloudy appearance and distinctive flavour.
Bluish hued and opaque, this presented aromas of melon, quinine and white pepper and the nose was actually rather wine-like in character. Full bodied and weighty with a viscous mouthfeel, the palate was soft, spicy and high in acidity. The finish displayed an appealing touch of sourness, akin to that of fresh coconut juice.