What is Nama Sake or ‘unpasteurized’ Sake?

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Nama (生) literally means raw or fresh, as a Sake term it refers to ‘unpasteurized’. Most of the Sake we consume nowadays is been pasteurized twice in the brewing process.  Sake breweries pasteurize Sake, in order to kill off the bacteria that may be there, and also, pasteurization will kill enzymes that will speed up the aging of Sake; it is in general a process of stabilizing Sake. Namazake (unpasteurized Sake) is pasteurized only once or even none, it is normally have brighter, fruitier and fresher taste, but just remember Sake without pasteurization can change its flavor and aroma quite easily if it’s kept in room temperature, the best place to store your Namazake is in the fridge.

Nama Nama

Unpasteurized Sake is usually best to be consumed young, keep it in the fridge the whole time, it can last up to 6 months if unopened and for 1 week after opened.


List of unpasteurized Sake we produce:

Nama Nama: Signature Unpasteurized Sake, soft citrus fruity aroma on the nose, honeydew melon, yellow pear and mild rice pudding characters throughout the palate, bright acidity and a pleasant refreshing finish


Genshu: Delicate fruity nose, on the palate rich creamy texture and complex fruit and earthy flavors, good balance of acidity with a long lingering finish.


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Arabashiri (First Run Sake)

Arabashiri Sake Batch 112 and 113 is available for tasting at the brewery

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Arabashiri is the first run sake that comes through the pressuring machine with little pressure. It is normally slightly cloudy and has more robust taste, and yet giving fresh, fragrant aromas and flavors.   At Izumi, our small batch brewing process only allowing us to collect 25 to 30 liters of first run sake every batch (70-80 bottles) and we are releasing 2 to 3 single batch Arabashiri sake every 2 months.



Currently Batch 109,110 and 112 are available for tasting and purchasing at the retail store, batch 113 is also available for taste, currently not listed please ask our sales consultant behind the bar for batch113.