Chikuma Nishiki – “Kizan Sanban’ Junmai Ginjō

Chikuma Nishiki – “Kizan Sanban’ Junmai Ginjō

Chikuma Nishiki – “Kizan Sanban’ Junmai Ginjō Nama Genshu Summary: Sake that has refined boldness balancing beautiful flavour. A rare opportunity to enjoy unpasteurised sake. Seimaibuai: 55%, Acohol: 15% Price: Spotted for $75/720 ml online, but try buying directly from a store – nama sake must be kept refrigerated. Score -8/10 grains Details: Another bestselling Black Market Sake import,  “Kizan Sanban” Junmai Ginjo is unpasteurised, undiluted sake from Chikuma Nishiki, a brewery from Nagano, smack bang in the middle of Japanese Alps.  The brewery capitalises on its mountainous location, delivering sake with clarity and refinement that matches the crystal clear waters of the Chikuma Rriver, the source of water used in brewing of this sake. Kizan Sanban sake has a restrained nose with hints of umami-rich mushrooms, but follows with an intoxicating fruit explosion on the palate, all balanced with refreshing acidity.  It has just the right amount of complexity and body to translate the wildly enjoyable drinking experience into a sophisticated affair. Kizan Sanban will go beautifully with seafood, anything from sashimi to caviar. Enjoy chilled. Technical notes: “Nama” means unpasteurised. Nama sake – or namazake –  requires extra care,  but compensates with liveliness of taste. “Genshu” means it has not been diluted with water. Normally, that results in higher alcohol content. During Kizan Sanban’s production, however, fermentation is stopped early, resulting in higher sugar and lower alcohol...

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