Kiku-Masamune "Taru Sake" (hereinafter referred to as Taru Sake)
is typically dry Japanese sake characterized by its refreshing taste
and the wooden aroma of Yoshino cedar(Japanese cedar grown in the Yoshino area, Nara Prefecture).
Nurtured in the temperate climate of Yoshino area, Yoshino cedar
has been traditionally considered as the best wood for making sake
casks because of the consistency of its grain and the excellent aroma
Taru Sake can be divided broadly into two categories: Taruzume-Sake
(distributed in casks) and Taru Sake-binzume (distributed in bottles).
in wooden casks, its unique presentation graces special events such as New Year's ceremonies.
Taruzume-Sake is distributed in three different quantities: 18,
36, and 72 liters, with two cask designs: Honnidaru, covered
with colorful straw matting, and Hadaka-taruzume, of which the
natural wooden hue of the cask is exposed.
Making of Taruzume-Sake
The cask has to be tested for leakage by pouring water into it. Only
when it's completely dry, the sake is put in the cask. Taruzume-Sake
is only made to order as the whole process, which includes decorating
the cask with straw matting, has to be done manually.
On special events, it is recommended that wooden ladles and wooden square cups be used with the cask to accentuate this unique Japanese experience. It is best to store leftover sake in a different container so that it doesn't absorb too much of the cedar's aroma.
[Hint] Taruzume-Sake can be characterized
by its aroma. "Tarunaka" (mid-cask) is the name for sake when it
only fills half the cask. It is characterized by a fairly strong
aroma. "Taruzoko" (bottom of the cask) is the name for sake left
at the bottom of the cask. It is characterized by a strong aroma
and rich color. It is especially favored by connoisseurs of sake.
bottled Taru Sake offers a more casual way to enjoy the cedar's
Making of Taru Sake-binzume
Dry sake aged in a 72-liter
cask is bottled when the cedar aroma is in full effect.
Tasting Tips This sake is best served chilled. You can also drink it at room
temperature or heated to 40-45°C.
Taru Sake (720 ml)
Taru Sake (300 ml)
*Types of Casks
- The Koutsuki cask and Akami cask
The color of the Japanese
cedar differs depending on the layer of the wood. The wood closer
to the outer layer is white, while the inside is red. The red layer
primarily gives sake its aroma.
Koutsuki casks are made from the part of cedar where the red
and white layers meet. The beautiful white layer is used for the
exterior while the red layer gives the sake its aroma. Because of
the limited amount of wood available, the cost of this sake is relatively
Akami casks are made from only the red layer of cedar. The
sake aged in the akami casks is sold in bottles.
*The color of Taru Sake
The amber color of Taru Sake reflects
the blend of the sake, which by no
means lessens the quality.