Sake Hundred Gengai, a new largely customized version of 27-year-old sake, is set to retail for $3,100 a bottle. This exorbitant price is not simply due to its amazing age. Before Scotch Described as such, you must spend at least three years in oak barrels. between high quality one barley, this rest period is often calculated in decades. However, for high-end alcoholic drinkers, the concept of maturity is a more complex one.
Japan’s famous rice wine is aged for about six months before being bottled. but there he is Sake style is called kocho (“Ancient Presence”), which tend to be preferred by some discerning tastes. If aged properly, the liquor can take on a subtle, flavorful kind of roundness, which you wouldn’t detect in its younger counterparts.
Such is the case with Sake Hundred Gengai. It is the first American edition of the Japanese brand, founded by beverage connoisseur and publisher Ryuji Ikoma. Its stated mission is to raise the category’s prestige by sourcing and storing extremely rare and distinct iterations, which leads us to its inaugural edition.
Sake Hundred Gengai is a unique liquid that was discovered by chance. In 1995, the devastating Kobe earthquake destroyed the Sawanutsuru Brewery in Hyogo. Sake was left unfinished on site in a tank – forgotten and left untouched until 2020.
What emerges from this unintentional sleep was a peerlessly complex fluid: bittersweet strands of cocoa and caramel nibs emerge in the foreground, and at the end swirl the center of the rich umami in a slowly faded soft end.