The Hara Sake brewery has been operating in Niigata Prefecture for over 200 years. Once a year, they release just 150 bottles of their Koshi-no-Homare shirokōji junmaishu Circs namazake.
Only one tank of Circs is made every year, and the sake is released when brewing is complete and the mash is pressed, hence there being only 150 bottles. Sold as unpasteurised namazake, it offers the freshness of just-brewed sake alongside the unusual acidity from the white kōji. Made from Niigata sake-specific rice milled to 65%, it’s 15% abv with a nihonshudo of -3, and a 720 ml bottle sells for JPY 1,389 including tax.