It is the Year of the Tiger, which just so happens to be my year, so it is perhaps a good omen that our second batch of the year, a Junmai Ginjo, had a Tiger on the label:
It was bottled about 3 days after pressing, and was unpasteurized, so it is Nama (as indicated by the white Chinese character 生 on the black sticker above the label).
It is now a very busy time at the brewery, and we are steaming rice every morning. It is also very cold at 5.30am when I wake up, and getting out of the warm bed takes a special determination on my part. Homes in Japan generally do not have central heating, so I can see my breath in the morning, it is that cold.
Anyway, I will try and be more diligent with my posts this Year (not off to good start, as it is already Jan.10th), and I hope everyone has a great year of the tiger.