“Hito to Ki to Hitotoki”. Sake Made in Wooden Barrels

Sake has been brewed in wooden barrels for long time. But nowadays sake breweries are mainly using porcelain enamel tanks after the War. Building constructions needed huge wood materials. And industrialization was also a reason of enamel tanks.

The name of this sake “Hito to Ki to Hitotoki” means “Human, Wood and a Moment”.

Imayotsukasa, a brewery in Niigata prefecture started to produce this sake using traditional wooden barrels. This style is called as “Kioke-Jikomi”.

Its wood bark like label, interesting name and traditional brewing style raises our expectation on sake, doesn’t it? Let’s see.

General Information

  • Band Name : Hito to Ki to Hitotoki
  • Specific Name : Junmai
  • Other Characteristics : Kioke Jikomi
  • Alcohol Degree : 15%
  • Ingredient Rice : Ghyakumangoku harvested in Niigata.
  • Rice Remained : 65%
  • Brewer : Imayotsukasa Shuzou in Kanagawa Prefecture
  • Web Page: http://imayotsukasa.co.jp/en/product-en/sui-en/
  • Price : JPY 1800 / 720 ml at Mirai Nihonshu Ten

How Does it Taste?

I expected an aroma of wood but couldn’t feel it. In its stead, a little sweet aroma came out. But when putting in mouth I could feel a smell of wood a little.

Its taste was the nice balance of sourness, umami and nutty crispiness all of which were very gentle.

I enjoyed this sake with oiled fishes and a little spicy vegetable hot pot. Humble taste of the sake never interfared me enjoying taste of foods.


Thank you for reading this article. If you would like to find nice Japanese sake, please also refer to “the list of sake“, and for general info., to the article; “Sake. Small Tips to Enjoy Nihonshu“.

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