This junmai daiginjo sake, brewed by the traditional kimoto method, was the first in Japan produced using the super-flat rice-polishing technique developed by Daishichi to achieve the total elimination of all components that might result in undesirable flavors. The clear taste has an underlying richness that creates a natural, elegant aroma and a gentle, mellow texture of remarkable delicacy. Minowamon is the name of one of the gates to Nihonmatsu castle, a beautiful structure dating from the Edo period. For two years running, this sake has gained top place in voting by kikizakeshi (Japanese sake sommeliers) in the refined sake section. It has also won consecutive gold medals in competition in the United States.