Tentaka Kuni (Hawk In The Heavens) Junmai Sake

Brewed by Tentaka Shuzo Co., Ltd.
Style: Saké - Junmai
Yuzukami-mura, Otawara, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan
Serve in Guinomi, Masu, Ochoko


on tap


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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   EST. CALORIES: 468   ABV: 15.6%
Nihonshu-do (Sake Meter Value): +3 (neutral to semi-dry); Acidity: 2.1 (high); Seimaibuai: 55% (45% of grain polished away); Rice: Gohyakumangoku. On a trip to Kyoto, liquor wholesaler Motoichi Ozaki had a dream in which he saw a hawk soaring toward the heavens. When, in 1914, he bought a sake brewery in Yuzukami that was near bankruptcy, the dream remained in his mind, so he decided to sell his sake under the name Tentaka, or "Hawk in the Heavens." Tentaka brewery is nestled in the east end of Nasu Nogahara, in a town called Yuzukami. Surrounded by rice fields and mountains, the air and water are clean and fresh. The area is surrounded by three flowing rivers and has managed to avoid tourism. Eighty percent of Tentaka Shuzo's saké is sold in Tochigi Prefecture where they are located. It is brewed with water drawn from an underground stream that originates in the Yamizo and Nasu mountain ranges. Tentaka Shuzo's annual production is 350,000 1.8L bottles and they have no intention of increasing their production. Tasting Notes: A mature well-rounded flavor with a settled fragrance. Dry but with an underlying richness. Drier and lighter when chilled, and a bit fuller as it warms.

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Travlr (25821) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2017
Clear maybe slight yellow tint. Fruity aroma. Taste is light lemon lightly sweet. Decent.

BeerandBlues2 (13701) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear pale gold and still. Aroma is lightly sweet rice, some pear notes. Flavor is rich rice, lightly fruity, and a dry finish. Full body.

speter (1) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2012 does not count
The aroma is of agave syrup-covered mushrooms and camomile tea. Appearance is pale gold with good saké legs. Taste is rich and almost malty, with a floral and banana finish. The most fascinating thing about this saké is to partake of the aroma after the main liquid has been finished. The remnants in the glass give an unmistakable scent of lilac, which is not at all present when sniffing or drinking the saké itself. Very nice!

Ernest (7791) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Bottle. No head (still). Body is very light yellow. Aroma is notes of grain/rice, glue, alcohol, light note of melon rind. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery/oily texture, no carbonation, moderately alcoholic, lightly to moderately astringent. A clean but very plain sake. Only the most basic, ordinary aromas. Astringency serves as a balancer more than acidity. Drinkable but that’s about it.

DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2009 very grainy, earthy and almost solventy nose on clear still liquid. Watery palate and not much bite at at first. Peppery and almost ghostly botanical flavors..very earthy experience...missing is melon and fruits, in stead we have dirt and mold...in a clever sort of way, yet still a little disturbing

dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2008
One of the more enjoyable sakis I have had. Very dry but takes on a good white-wine like viscosity and richness.

muzzlehatch (4970) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2007
300 ml bottle from City Market in Burlington, VT (December 2007), sampled chilled from a White Winter Winery glass. Almost entirely clear, with just a faint oily haze, thin and barely discernible legs forming as it swirls, dying immediately....aroma is buttery and toasty, with light baked or broiled fruit (coconut, papaya) notes, very subtle and delicate; little alcohol presence noted....lightly grainy on the tongue, fairly sweet, alcohol moderately present but growing somewhat strong and slightly hard towards the finish; citrusy notes, a touch of cider....slightly syrupy at first, dries out with the strong alcohol late in the tasting....unlike every other sake I’ve had, I’m actually enjoying this more as it warms up a bit; no, it won’t be best at room temperature, but it actually seems smoother and more open after 10 minutes in the glass. Definitely a sipper, this one.

tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Aroma of vanilla, toasted almonds and koji yeast. Hint of tropical sweetness. Pours pale, pale yellow. Almost clear. Nice sticky legs. Fairly dry on the palate with some cashew and almond nuttiness. Oily. Medium bodied. Finishes very dry with some alcohol astringincy.

Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - SEP 5, 2007
The second sake in our flight at Indra’s Mead, Cider and Sake Tasting on 8/31/07. Pours crystal clear, virtually indistinguishable from water. On the nose is a round banana, alcohol and a light phenolic note, not quite as nice as the Dreamy Clouds. Light to medium-bodied and silky smooth it finishes with a "warm", dry conclusion. The flavor is what I would imagine you’d get if you created a banana liqueur/vodka hybrid with a relatively low ABV. While there is a little heat, it’s far from distracting. I rather liked this one, as well.

tjthresh (1875) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Looks like water. Banana, perfume, flowers, and alcohol aromas. Flavor is the same. Not as good as the first one.

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