We have offered a few Sakes from Suigei, and this is one of their higher-end selections that we rarely see outside of Japan. A brewery founded in the Kochi Prefecture in southern Japan on Shikoku island during the Meiji period in 1872. The name Suigei means 'Drunken Whale' and honors Yamauchi Toyoshige, a local lord at the end of the Edo Period. Yamauchi's domain was a whaling area, and he loved to overindulge in Sake, often referring to himself and by many as Suigei, or 'Drunken Whale.' Suigei is the only Sake Brewer located in Kochi city, and 'Mann' features Yamada Nishiki rice from east Tojo polished down to 30%, which is about 20% lower than usual Junmai Daiginjo Sake. Mann is brewed at a lower temperature using a specific old strain of yeast that comes from Kumamoto, Japan, and was cultivated for broader use in the 1950s, called KA-1. Suigei has propagated KA-1, which is identical to the old strain, lending to the beautiful, expressive floral, and fruity aromatics of Mann, with the palate having excellent richness and power balanced by perfect acidity. It is the beauty of the aromatics and the palate's seriousness together that make an incredible drinking experience. Mann amplifies the Umami flavors of food and can be enjoyed as an aperitif or with some main courses featuring lighter seafood, where its clean finish prepares the palate for the next bite. These are some of the only bottles available in the USA and are from the most recent shipment that our supplier has received from Japan. Mann is an excellent choice for those who want to get a glimpse of the pinnacle of Sake production without paying 300 dollars or more while still satisfying those who prefer to stay on the higher end. It is a unique Sake with a fascinating dynamic that can be appreciated by novice and expert sake drinkers alike.