'awa before dawn'

“awa before dawn" is a special sake – the still (base) sake before the secondary fermentation of our core product, Classic awa. This is a Junmai Muroka Nama Genshu style (unfiltered, unpasteurized, undiluted), with 50% Rice Koji – more than double the amount generally used in standard sake production.

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Why are we making 'still sake' available to you
when we’re the Sparkling Sake Brewery?

Our philosophy has consistently been to express ‘the beauty of nature's impermanence’, which is a fundamental idea in Japanese aesthetics.

The aesthetic concept is not solely about loving the fleeting moments of nature. For example, it is not only about the beauty of cherry blossoms in full bloom. It is equally moving to observe a branch about to bud and to imagine how the flower will bloom. Similarly, the beauty of nature is not limited to the moment of dawn. Gazing at the sky before dawn and imagining the scene at dawn is also part of the Japanese sense of beauty. In essence, beauty is not just about savouring its peak or appreciating each stage of its transformation; it’s about being aware of the entirety of its changes.

If classic awa is like a cherry blossom in full bloom, then 'awa before dawn' resembles a bud about to blossom. Similarly, while classic awa represents the beauty of the moment of dawn, 'awa before dawn' embodies the sky just before the first glimpse of light.

In other words, 'awa before dawn' is not just standard still sake; it plays an essential role in expressing our philosophy, guiding you to immerse yourself deeply in the beauty of nature's transformations and eventually turning into sparkling sake; Classic awa.

awa before dawn
awa before dawn

awa before dawn


*ABV 12%
*Incl. VAT. Shipping Extra (Currently shipping to mainland England, Wales and Scotland)

- Ingredients: Water, Rice, Yeast, Koji
- Flavour Profile: Strawberry, lychee, and honeysuckle on the nose. On the palate, it is refreshing and light with a subtle acidity with a juicy mouthfeel complemented by hints of tropical fruits. Notably, the gentle sweetness is balanced by a refreshing tartness reminiscent of tropical acidity, resulting in a smooth and juicy drinking experience characterised by a light and vibrant profile.
- Storage & Serving: Store refrigerated. Serve chilled in a wine glass.
- Others: Junmai Muroka Nama Genshu style (unfiltered, unpasteurized, undiluted) |Vegan | Sulphite free | Gluten free

To ensure optimal freshness and flavour, each batch of this sake is exclusively available to individuals who pre-order before bottling or to selected restaurants and retailers equipped with the knowledge and storage management systems necessary for maintaining high-quality conditions for nama (unpasteurized) sake. 

*Free delivery for orders of 2 bottles or more

awa before dawn & Classic awa
awa before dawn & Classic awa

awa before dawn & Classic awa


*Free delivery

Tasting both 'awa before dawn' and Classic awa in the same setting will allow you to immerse yourself deeply in the beauty of nature's changes.

Here's our recommended guide:

1. Begin by serving 'awa before dawn' chilled in a wine glass and take a moment to taste it. Imagine how natural fermentation influences its flavor profile.

2. Next, serve Classic awa chilled in a flute glass and engage your senses - observe its appearance, inhale its aroma, taste its flavors, listen to the sound of the bubbles, and feel the texture.

3. Finally, feel free to enjoy both sakes as you wish, whether through food pairings or simply savoring them on their own.