This sake is named after Rumiko Moriki, who is the T≈çji [Master Brewer] and Kuramoto [Brewery Owner] along with her husband Hideki. Suppin means to go bare-faced or without makeup and is designed to tell us how natural this sake is. A Pure Rice sake made without charcoal filtration, pasteurisation or dilution. The Suppin Rumiko no Sake is also arabashiri where instead of pressing the sake the liquid is allowed to 'free run' to create a sake with elegance and delicacy. The arabashiri version is roughly equivalent to the first 30% of the total sake captured. The manga graphic on the label of this sake is a very famous drawing of Rumiko when she first started brewing sake, as she was one of only a handful of female T≈çji at the time. Female T≈çji are still a rarity today with only around 20 in the industry in Japan. The Suppin Rumiko no Sake is made with Hattan Nishiki rice to create a sake with lovely earthy notes, soft textural palate, balanced acidity and a dry finish. - Importer Note
Known since ancient times as the land of the ninja, Iga is also the town that is home to Moriki ShuzoÃÑ in the prefecture of Mie. Located in central Japan, Mie faces the Pacific and lies between the cities of Nagoya, OÃÑsaka and Ky≈çto. The Mie coastline extends over 1000 kilometers and contains beautiful rugged coasts and beautiful scenery. Mie is rich in nature, and as such over one-third of its area is designated as nature reserves and parks.
Rumiko Moriki is the 4th generation of her family to own the brewery, and along with her husband Hideki, they are not only the Kuramoto [owners] of this tiny brewery, they also are the ToÃÑji [master brewers] of their mostly handmade Sake. The first generations of the Moriki family had always employed a ToÃÑji to create their sake, but during Rumiko's parents generation, times were financially difficult and so out of necessity her parents started working alongside the ToÃÑji to make the Sake. When Rumiko's father was unable to continue working at the Kura about 25 years ago, Rumiko and Hideki, who had recently married, stepped in and started working alongside the ToÃÑji instead. Nine years later Rumiko and Hideki became the ToÃÑji themselves. It was at this time that they committed to making only Junmai [pure rice] sake, at the highest level they could achieve. 16 years later the Hanabusa, Tae no Hana and Suppin Rumiko no Sake are the quintessence of their dedication to top quality brewing.
Nearly all work in the Moriki ShuzoÃÑ is done by hand, the same way their Sake has been made for centuries, which is very laborious but Rumiko's motto is "a lot of hard work in the making of the best quality sake she can, means being honest to her customers". It is truly a remarkable brewery with wooden vats full of steamed rice being carried around on the Moriki's and their workers shoulders, including up wooden planks to get the rice into the fermentation tanks. About 25% of their sake production is from their own organically farmed rice, and the rest is sourced from areas that specialise in the particular rice variety that will produce the best result for the style of Sake they wish to brew and they still use Yeast Strain #6 in their brews which is very unusual nowadays.
The Moriki's also produce an Arabashiri version of each Sake they ferment, which is always unique to see bottled. Most sake is made by pressing the freshly brewed Sake, which extracts the most amount of liquid out of a brew for bottling. In the case of Arabashiri however, cotton sacks are filled with the freshly brewed sake [so liquid and solids together] and are layered on top of each other inside a 'Fune', which is a traditional wooden press, but instead of pressing the Sake they let the liquid slowly seep out due to the natural weight of the contents of the sacks. - Importer Note