Gengai gives a confident aroma of caramel sweetness and chocolate with distinct maturity. Swirling the glass brings out the punch of lactic acid and a caramelized umami.
The confident aroma of Gengai juxtaposes its smooth and luxurious mouthfeel that spreads elegantly on the tongue like silk.
The finish is long, profound and rich - a befitting conclusion to Gengai’s long journey. On the tail, the finish brings a pleasing acidity and entrancing balance.
The unique clarity of Gengai’s flavors pair perfectly with the umami of high-quality meats and fish. The complex, mature aroma excellently befits grilled meats, pate and other rich dishes.
Patience and time yield greatness
When aged under appropriate conditions, sake undergoes chemical reactions that imbue deeper, more complex flavors and entrancing colors. With long gestation, a vintage can also develop surprising clarity and dignified, regal flavors. These changes cannot be purposefully induced and the exact outcome of the aging process is something only time and nature decide.
A disaster-stricken brewery perseveres
January 17, 1995 - The Great Hanshin Earthquake nearly levels Kobe and devastates a local brewery, with only a few tanks of shubo surviving. An essential element in the brewing process, this shubo is not finished fermenting. With facilities to proceed in the sake brewing process in disrepair, the brewer squeezes this shubo into seishu - a primitive form of alcohol made from rice. The result is not fit for market, and the brewer, with no other options left, stores the batch - hoping time will save it. Twenty years later, the batch is rediscovered and has undergone a fantastical and miraculous transformation: Gengai.
A once-in-a-lifetime miracle
Twenty years after disaster strikes, the brewer discovers that the beverage resting in storage has developed a flavor that defies experience and expectations. This Gengai features a sharp and pleasing acidity, a persistent yet mellow sweetness, and a perfect balance of sweet, umami, tart and bitter. Mature and mellow, sharp and clear - Gengai’s flavors are a miracle in many ways.