Ginjo-shu Category : 13 Manufacturers
Ginjo-shu by Kanazawa-yeast Category : 14 Manufacturers
The Kanazawa Regional Taxation Bureau Sake Awards 2022 were held for Ginjo-shu (see Note 1) entered from among sake manufacturers of the three Hokuriku prefectures. This year’s sake quality evaluations, which were conducted between March 23 and March 25, considered 102 entries from 34 manufacturers in Ginjo-shu category, as well as 90 entries from 38 manufacturers in Ginjo-shu by Kanazawa-yeast (see Note 2) category.
Based on the results of the quality evaluation, 13 manufacturers for Ginjo-shu category and 14 manufacturers for Ginjo-shu by Kanazawa-yeast category were selected as winners of the Honor Prize. The Regional Commissioner presented the manufacturers and chief sake brewers with award certificates. For the names of the winners, etc., please refer to the attachment “List of Prize Winners”
Last year’s summer was blessed with favorable weather, encouraging the production of ingredient rice of excellent quality. Moreover, the climate during the brewing season also proved ideal, with consistently low temperatures throughout, making for a good year overall for sake brewing.
Under these conditions, the toji (sake brewmasters) and the other members of the production staff exercised their superior technical skills to the fullest extent, resulting in many excellent sake entries.
Many of the entries submitted to this year’s competition in Ginjo-shu category were characterized by a gorgeous ginjo-aroma carefully balanced with a full-bodied flavor, while many in Ginjo-shu by Kanazawa yeast category exhibited a refreshing ginjo-aroma with a smooth flavor and crisp aftertaste. All entries were sakes of refined quality, without exception.
We fully expect that these high-quality sakes will help overcome the impact of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, further cementing Hokuriku’s reputation as an acclaimed sake-brewing region.
Office of Analysis and Brewing Technology
Kanazawa Regional Taxation Bureau