Sake Brewer Collaborates with Tecmo Koei Games on Nobunaga's Ambition Sake
posted on by Eric Stimson
If you've ever felt the urge to sit back, stroke your beard, and slowly take a few sips of sake while puzzling over your next move in Tecmo Koei's long-running grand strategy video game series, Nobunaga's Ambition, here's some good news.
Kiku-Masamune Sake Brewing Company, a storied sake brewer dating back to 1659, is collaborating with Tecmo Koei Games to release two different brands of Nobunaga's Ambition-themed sake. "Nobunaga's Ambition" uses Yamada-Nishiki, a particularly high-quality grain. "Souzou" (Creation) is even higher-quality and has been aged for 3 years. Both are junmai daiginjoushu, the designation given to premium sake with at least 50% of the outer husk polished away.
The sake was brewed to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the original incarnation of Nobunaga's Ambition. It will be available online on December 2, but pre-orders are already being taken. Both are of limited quantity — Nobunaga's Ambition is limited to 1,000 bottles, whereas there are only 30 bottles of Souzou. Nobunaga's Ambition is selling for 12,000 yen, while Souzou costs 35,000 yen.
As of late, some sake manufacturers have turned to anime and video games to make their products more appealing to a younger demographic.