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Yamagata Masamune Ai

Yamagata Masamune Ai

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One of the three bottles from the “Traditional Colours of Japan” series.

Ai is the flagship sake of the Yamagata Masamune brand. The rich rice umami, the sharp finish, and the mineral taste all come from the traditional kimoto (or kimoto-zukuri) method to prepare the fermentation starter. The aroma is gentler than an average junmai daiginjo, making this sake easier to enjoy at different temperatures and to pair with different foods. The rice used is of the Omachi variety, and has been farmed by Mr Iwafuji Hidehiko in the Akasaka area of Akaiwa (Okayama prefecture): it took the brewery 5 years to manage to purchase this top-quality rice.

TYPE: Kimoto junmai daiginjo sake

COLOUR: Clear pale lemon green

OUR TASTING NOTES: Inviting nose of stone fruits, white lilies, and hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Incredibly smooth texture, subtle yet concentrated flavours of nectarine, prune and mangosteen. Eternal long finish with complexity and clarity. Beautiful expression of a kimoto sake.

FOOD PAIRING: Wagyu shabu shabu (thin slices quickly simmered in hot water); papaya salad; grilled gambero rosso.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Serve chilled (8-12 ºC)

STORAGE: Store in a dry and cool place. Avoid direct sunlight.


Japanese name: 山形正宗 藍
Brewery: Mitobe Sake Brewery (Yamagata prefecture)
Size: 720 ml
ABV: 16%
Rice polishing rate: 40%
Ingredients: water, Omachi rice (Akaiwa, Okayama), koji, yeast


Shipping Information

*Challenge 25: Anyone who is over 18 but looks under 25 are required to show their valid proof of age ID when purchasing alcohol. This applies to both our Delivery and Click and Collect services. Please prepare your document upon receipt of product or when visiting our store. 

Option1: Delivery 

We currently ship only within the UK.

For UK delivery, it will usually take up to 2 - 5 working days to be delivered to your address after receiving the order confirmation (It will take up to 3 - 17 working days to be delivered to Isle of Man and Jersey).

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*We currently do not ship to Isle of Wight, Isle of Scilly, Highlands and Offshore Islands. We ask for your patience until we can accept deliveries from the areas in the future.


  • Option2: Click and Collect

You can come and collect your purchase instore (see Contact Us for address and opening hours) for no extra delivery fees. Please remember to bring your valid proof of ID with you when you visit us for a pick up.

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