Hayashi Honten – Hyakujuro “110 Black” – Junmai Daiginjō Summary: Delicate floral nose, fruity palate of banana and rockmelon, clean finish. Has potential to become my favourite. Seimaibuai: 50%, Acohol: 15.5% SMV +3, Acidity 1.7, Amino acids 0.7 Price: $46.60 online for 720 ml bottle. Score – 7/10 grains Details: Hayashi Honten brewery is hidden in the Japanese alps in Gifu prefecture, which is some of my favourite spots in Japan. Cooler climate and clear waters of mountain rivers seem to have inspired the brewers to produce this refined, clean-tasting daiginjō. Hayashi Honten has several sake brands to its name, and Chef’s Armoury import two of them – Hyakujuro and Eichi. Hyakujuro 110 Black is one special sake. The nose is quite delicate, floral, but upon close inspection begins to open up with some notes of sweet fruit. In the mouth, it boldly asserts its sweetness – I was fumbling for association until I realised that I was tasting banana. Not just banana, but perhaps banana lollies with an addition of rockmelon. There is plenty of spice at the back, and the finish is bitey but clean. The flavour feels quite modern, and seems to have been brewed to be enjoyed with food. A great match for modern Australian cuisine. I have no doubt this brew will become a major hit! Delicious cold, but the sweet, creamy sensation increases as the sake warms up. Food pairing ideas: This sake is sweeter than the parameters suggest, and strikes a good balance between delicateness and full, creamy body . For an unusual, but effective, pairing, enjoy it with a salad, something with tomato and avocado. The avocado seems to enhance the creaminess of the sake, and bring out its sweetness. The tartness of a tomato accentuates the clean finish. It is quite an interesting, modern brew, and will go well with simple modern food. Chicken, white fish, salads, or even fruit....Read More
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