The name "Taihei-zan", meaning "grand mountain", comes from the beautiful Mount Taihei, which is the highest and symbolic mountain of Akita city. The brewery uses the "Akita Kimoto" method, the oldest and the original method of sake brewing where lactic acid bacteria is utilized to protect the yeast for fermentation. This is a very labor intensive and time consuming process, but Taiheizan sticks to the old-style of sake brewing, and strives to maintain the traditional taste of sake, which has been carried out through generations.
Taiheizan has won numerous gold medals (over 5,000) in the Monde Selection and the Annual National Sake Competition in Japan.
Tenko is a completely hand made premium sake. Starting in mid-winter, the fermentation is processed for 40 days at extremely low temperature to produce unique flavors. The yeast used is carefully hand picked from the ones being preserved at the Kura (brew house). It has the qualities of being resilient at low temperature and yet having the ability to produce elegant fragance.
Flavorful type. Moderate aromas of cantaloupe, watermelon, apple and grapes. Very fruity taste all the way through. Well-balanced sake, full and gorgeous flavors.