Eikun – Ichigin – Junmai Daiginjō Summary: Quintessential Kyoto elegance and softness in this multi gold-winning bottle. Expensive but worth it. Seimaibuai: 35%, Acidity 1.1, SMV +3.5, Acohol: 15.3% Price: $188 online for 720 ml bottle. Score – 10/10 grains Details: Saito Shuzō brewery (known as Eikun) has been brewing premium Kyoto sake since 1905. It is located in the Fushimi district, which is one of the most important brewing areas in Japan. Historic, scenic Fushimi area is blessed with the soft daiginjō-friendly water, and has a high concentration of esteemed breweries. Fushimi area brews “feminine” sake, which is soft, elegant, and mildly fragrant and sweet. Ichigin sake is the pinnacle of Eikun’s craft. It has won eleven consecutive gold medals at the annual Japanese New Sake competition. It is made with the king of sake rice, Yamada Nishiki, which is polished to the luxurious 35%. I pour Ichigin into a champaign flute, to mark the momentous occasion. It is absolutely transparent and clear. I swirl the liquid in the glass and inhale the ripe fragrance of honeydew melon. Ichigin is a mellow, soft, creamy sensation at first. But the sake I drink is young, and its quintessential Kyoto elegance overflows with brashness, too. Like a fruit picked off the tree a few days early, juicy and sweet but bursting with tartness. It is still a little bit green. I can, however, imagine the sake it is meant to become after maturation – all uninterrupted smoothness and balance, sweet fruity notes promptly resolved with a crisp dry finish. I need another sip and then another, it is beautiful. This delicate daiginjō should be enjoyed chilled....Read More
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