"Tohoku Sake Awards in Fall"
2017-01-23

By Kosuke Kuji

Sponsored by the Sendai Regional Taxation Bureau, last fall's Tohoku Sake Awards was held in Sendai.  Annual Japan Sake Awards was sponsored by the National Tax Agency many years ago, but now it is joint sponsored by Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association and National Research Institute of Brewing.  The Sake Awards that is sponsored by the Regional Taxation Bureau is sponsored by each local regional taxation bureau like Sendai, Kanto Koshinetsu, Nagoya etc., and Tohoku holds their sake awards in the fall. 

The gold prize at the Annual Japan Sake Awards for Tohoku 6 prefectures was #1 in Japan for 6 years in a row, and considered to be an area with high percentage of breweries to receive the most gold prizes in Japan.

For the national average, the percentage to win the gold prize is about 20%, but if you do the math for Tohoku 6 Prefectures, it comes out to about 40% which makes them proud to be twice the percentage of the national average to receive the gold prize.  Tohoku is a region that undoubtedly has the highest level of technology in Japan, and this has continued to be the case for the last 8 years. 

For such a Tohoku's sake awards in fall, from a group of brewers that has received the most gold prizes in Japan, they must use even stricter judgements in deciding the gold prize which makes their sake awards probably the most difficult to win in Japan. 

This most challenging Tohoku Sake Awards has 2 large divisions of "Ginjo category" and "Junmai category", and the brewers that win the gold prize have the honor to be awarded the prize from the Sendai Regional Taxation Bureau Chief during a solemn ceremony.

Also, from the gold prizes, a "Grand Prize" for the most outstanding and a "Honor Prize" for the next outstanding is  awarded.

The grand prize means being No. 1 in Tohoku which has the highest level brewery in Japan and is also known as being "Japan's #1 Title."

At this fall's Tohoku sake awards, can you believe our company's Daiginjo received the "Grand Prize" in the Ginjo category!

Also in the Junmai category, our company's Junmai Daiginjo received the "Honor Prize!"  We reached the outstanding achievement of receiving No. 1 & No. 2 awards in both categories!!

It is just unbelievable that this means we were selected as the #1 brewery in Tohoku both in name and reality. 

I am most honored and thankful.  I have reached one of my goals in my life.
I will not let this get to my head and devote more efforts to this year's sake making and plan to work hard than ever before. 


「秋の東北清酒鑑評会」

仙台国税局が主催する、秋の東北清酒鑑評会が仙台で行われました。全国新種酒鑑評会は、その昔、国税庁が主催しておりましたが、今では日本酒造組合中央会と酒類総合研究所の共催となり、国税局が主催する鑑評会は、仙台や関東甲信越、名古屋など、各地の国税局が主催するものだけになり、東北は秋にその鑑評会が行われます。

東北6県の全国新酒鑑評会での金賞受賞率は6年連続日本一と、全国で最も金賞を取っている蔵の割合が多い地域になります。

全国平均で金賞受賞率は約20%ですが、東北6県で計算してみると約40%と、全国平均の倍近い金賞受賞率を誇ります。
まさに東北は全国で1番技術レベルの高い地域であり、それが8年も連続で続いています。

そんな東北の秋の鑑評会は、全国で最も金賞を取っている蔵元の集まりの中で、さらに絞り込んで金賞を選ぶのですから、まさに全国でも最難関の鑑評会となります。

そんな最難関の東北清酒鑑評会は「吟醸の部」と「純米の部」の2つが大きな柱となっていて、金賞を受賞した蔵元は、仙台国税局長から厳粛な式典の中で表彰をされる栄誉をいただきます。

そして、その金賞の中で最も素晴らしいものを「最優秀賞」、次に素晴らしかったものを「評価員特別賞」として表彰されます。

最優秀賞はまさに、全国で最もレベルの高い東北の中でのNO1ですから、別名「日本一の称号」とも呼ばれています。

そんな今年の秋の東北清酒鑑評会で、なんと当社の大吟醸がNO1の「最優秀賞」を吟醸の部でいただきました。さらには純米の部で、当社の純米大吟醸がなんと「評価員特別賞」を受賞。吟醸の部、純米の部の両部門でNO1とNO2を受賞するという快挙を達成しました!!

これはとんでもないことで、名実ともに東北NO1の酒蔵に選ばれたと言う事です。本当に光栄でありがたく思っています。私の人生の目標の1つを達成することが出来ました。

これに安心せずに、今年の酒つくりもさらに努力精進して、今まで以上に頑張っていきたいと思います。


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