Kubota Shuzo – Kuranoyado – Junmai Ginjo

Kubota Shuzo – Kuranoyado – Junmai Ginjo

Kubota Shuzō – Kuranoyado –  Junmai Ginjō    Summary: Pleasant, easy drinking  –  to have when you feel like “simply sake”. Seimaibuai: 55%, Acohol: 15.3% Price: $41.45 online for 720 ml bottle. Score – 7/10 grains Details: This junmai ginjō has a nice aromatic nose, and spreads on the palate quite sweetly, ending with a short spicy tail. It is a well-balanced, quality ginjō that would be quite pleasant to drink on its own. A touch on the dry side.  There is no such thing as a typical sake, but I am tempted to call this one a classic. Chef’s Armoury, the exclusive importer of Kuranoyado, claim it as their favourite. My preferences lie with the incredible Fukukoma, but Kuranoyado is definitely coming second in their Kubota Shuzo brewery range.  ...

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Kubota Shuzō – Toji Ikkon – Daiginjō

Kubota Shuzō – Toji Ikkon – Daiginjō

Kubota Shuzō – Toji Ikkon –  Daiginjō   Summary: Earthy fragrance, light body. Unoffending sake that will not take attention away from food.  Quite dry. Good palate cleanser. Seimaibuai: 40%, Acohol: 15.5% Price: $60.45 online for 720 ml bottle. Score – 6/10 grains Details: Toji Ikkon – “a master brewer’s cup” – is not a drink to be enjoyed on the balcony while watching the sunset. No, this sake is quite lonely on its own, without food.  Despite being super-premium grade, daiginjō, it has a muted, earthy fragrance. On the palate, it begins with notes of citrus, and progresses to subtle honey nuances as it warms in the cup. The finish is quite astringent and dry. There are no hidden secrets to discover at the bottom of this master brewer’s cup, which makes it a perfect accompaniment to boozy banquet dinners at Asian restaurants.  It will not distract you from food and conversation, and will refresh your palate between dishes. I tried it with a strongly flavoured fried fish,  and found it washed away the fishiness. Quite refreshing, if a little bland. Technical Notes: Not junmai, which means a little bit of distilled alcohol has been added at the end of the brewing...

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Kubota Shuzō – Fukukoma – Junmai Ginjō Nama Genshu

Kubota Shuzō – Fukukoma –  Junmai Ginjō Nama Genshu

Kubota Shuzō – Fukukoma –  Junmai Ginjō Nama Genshu   Summary: A well-balanced, morish, exciting sake that surprises with its savoury finish. Unpasteurised, so get it while you can. Seimaibuai: 55%, Acohol: 16.9% Price: $43.45 online for 720 ml bottle. Score – 9/10 grains Details: This is such a well-balanced sake. Straight out of a chilled bottle, it begins with a delicate floral fragrance. Suddenly, more pungent ricey, yeasty notes filter through. On the palate, it has upfront sweetness, which flows into spicy berries, dark chocolate, a hit of spiciness and, finally, a smooth finish with loads of umami. What’s umami, you ask? Umami is a Japanese word for the fifth taste, the savoury, satisfying character of a dish. Think aged cheddar, truffles, black caviar. Once you pay attention to umami, it’s instantly recognisable. Fukukoma has plenty of umami in its body, which makes you crave one sip after another. It is brilliant paired with hot-smoked fish, pungent, aged cheeses, and beer snacks like jerky and dried squid. The best thing about this sake, however, is the harmony between all its flavour elements – sweetness, umami, unpasteurised zing and acidity. A very well thought out brew and worth seeking out.  Remember, it is unpasteurised and might not always be available. Technical Notes: Nama sake – or namazake –  requires extra care,  but compensates in liveliness of taste. It should always be refrigerated. “Genshu” means it has not been diluted with water, which, in this case, makes it slightly more...

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