This cult brewery is one of the most difficult to find in the US. Founded in 1573 by the Yanagi family in Ishikawa Prefecture. Due to land reforms after World War II, the Yanagi's were forced to sell their land and were left with just the sake brewery. While most small producers were looking to cut costs, current president Tatsuji Yanagi began sourcing best possible sake rice for his small sake brewery. The rice still comes completely from the Yogowa region of Hyogo prefecture. The bold complex style made here was further enhanced by the reintroduction in the 1970s of the Yamahai style of rice processing, which further highlights the deep complexities of the special rice they use. Because of the inherent structure and acidity of their productions style, the brewery takes an unusual approach to aging, holding back the majority of production for extremely long periods of time. This rare Library Release has been carefully aged for 15 years before release. Supple, powerful and dry sake with complex flavors banana, earth, melon and nuts. Large-scale structure and mellow complexity from significant aging this sake is a big departure from sake available most anywhere in the world. It will continue to impove in the cellar for another few years.