Suishin Yamane Honten Brewery was established in 1860. In the mid-Meiji period (1868-1912) the company unified its some 20 sake brands into one, with the aim of making them more widely known. Although the newly unified brand was initially called “Yoigokoro,” it started to be called “Suishin” as the years passed (the same kanji, but pronounced differently).
Discovering the “Kyokai yeast No. 3” in 1913, the company had already been recognized as a sake manufacturer in prewar days. The Suishin brand has also been highly valued since early times, winning first place three times at the National Alcohol Beverages Competition, held in 1919, 1921 and 1924. It also received the honorary award at a competition.
Speaking of Suishin sake, the great Japanese artist Taikan Yokoyama must be mentioned.
In a famous episode early in the Showa period (1926-1989), Taikan Yokoyama, who loved Suishin sake, found a kindred spirit in the then president of the company, Kaoru Yamane and promised to relish Suishin sake to his dying day.
In the brewing process called shikomi, the Suishin brewery has emphasized the use of ultra-soft water drawn from beneath the foot of Mt. Takanosu, which lies in Fukutomi-cho (the central area of Hiroshima Prefecture). In an effort to ensure constantly high quality Suishin sake, the brewery spent as long as two years to find this water. Because the ultra-soft water has almost no mineral content, the Suishin sake brewed with the water gives not only a delicate, refreshing taste, but also a full, elegant sweetness and richness. A light flavor and well-rounded aroma are also attractive features. As the main ingredients of the Suishin sake, top-quality “Yamada Nishiki” rice grown in Hyogo Prefecture and rigorously selected Hiroshima-grown sake rice are used.
Always keeping in mind the brewing of sake that one never tires of drinking which the artist Taikan Yokoyama loved to drink throughout his life, the brewer has grown, and is determined to continue expanding into both domestic and overseas markets.
Les grands sakes de Hiroshima