Kasumi Tsuru

With nearly 300 years of brewing experience, Kasumi Tsuru is unique in that it crafts saké using only the Kimoto and Yamahai brewing methods. These methods produce high quality, distinctive, umami rich saké.

Dedicated to Tradition

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Tokubetsu Junmai

Bold with a full body, noticeable acidity, and a dry finish. Distinctly complex aroma with notes of mochi rice cake and toasted nuts lead to balanced and mature flavors of savory richness complemented by a nutty and light sweetness in the mouth.

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Kimoto Extra Dry

Rich, complex, elegant and layered — a sophisticated earthy and savory saké with obvious umami. Taste notes of roasted nuts, honeyed rice cakes, shiitake mushrooms and dried fruit. Balanced with a refreshing crisp and lasting finish

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Yamahai Junmai Ginjo

Superbly smooth and soft with fresh cheese or yogurt aromas and flavors of ripe peach and rustic apple tarte. Refreshing and elegant with a long finish

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Location

Kasumi-Cho, Hyogo, Japan

Tucked on the northern side of Hyogo prefecture and just a short drive from the coast, Kasumi-Cho is a hidden gem that has been steadily brewing delicious saké for centuries. Although most think of Kobe and its famous Nada District in the south when it comes to saké from Hyogo Prefecture, Kasumi Tsuru benefits from the terroir of Northern Hyogo in terms of high-quality saké-specific rice such as Yamada Nishiki and Hyogo Kita Nishiki. Being in close proximity to the ocean also means an abundance of delicious seafood in addition to other local delicacies. Kasumi Tsuru thus has another edge in having hundreds of years of experience in brewing saké that pairs wonderfully with a variety of cuisine.

 
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History

Kasumi Tsuru was founded in 1725. In December 1945, Kasumi Tsuru merged with three breweries in the neighborhood. Seizo Fukumoto from Fukumoto Shuzojo, the largest of these breweries, became the president. As business expanded, Kasumi Tsuru moved to Kobara, Kasumi-ku in October 2003, and continued to develop high-quality saké that is truly one of a kind.

Being the local pride is very important to Kasumi Tsuru, which is located in the region broadly known as Tajima. The company creed is “Tajima no Hokori tare (Do Tajima proud),” and the policy is “quality first, community first and cordiality first”. To differentiate its saké from competitors, Kasumi Tsuru has adopted the Kimoto and Yamahai brewing methods. Kimoto and Yamahai styles are more time consuming but give the saké distinct depth and flavor. Kasumi Tsuru is one of the rarest breweries in Japan to only brew in Kimoto and Yamahai style.

 
Toji

Tatsuya Matsumoto

A day in the life of a Toji is never boring, but Mr. Matsumoto probably has a more intriguing job description than many, being that he is at the head of a brewery that exclusively brews in Kimoto and Yamahai style saké. Kimoto and Yamahai styles are much more laborious and time-consuming than the modern “Sokujo” method, but lock in much more depth and complex flavors that no modern technology can replicate. Mr. Matsumoto’s commitment to remain as one of the rare Kimoto and Yamhai masters has been shown in Kasumi’s consistent recognition of awards both in Japan and internationally. Even after more than 20 years of brewing experience he humbly claims that he is still a student at his craft and aspires to keep making better saké.

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