Oita – ‘Oni Koroshi’ – Ginjō Summary: Structured, fruity sweet palate cut with high acidity and dry finish. Seimaibuai: 50%, Acohol: 17% Price: $73.45 online for 720 ml bottle. Score – 7/10 grains Details: “Oni Koroshi” means a demon slayer, and this ginjō can certainly slash through your palate with unexpected acidity and dryness that follow the fruity fragrance and first sweet mouthful. It is a structured brew that makes you sit up and notice what you are drinking. Take care when pairing with food, the sharp crispness will conflict with delicate flavours or hot spices. I tasted this sake with an oyster – Oni Koroshi intensified its briny, oceany character, which I found very satisfying. Caramelised pork belly would be a match made in heaven: the acidity will cut through oily sweetness. Oita brewery has been brewing its signature super dry sake since 1720. Interestingly, Oni Koroshi is not an exclusive brand name, and is freely applied to super dry styles by anyone who fancies. Many mass-market producers name their sakes “Oni Koroshi”. Oita brewery was the first to name a sake Oita Koroshi, and must be quietly seething that low-quality brews are sold under the same name! Armoury is the exclusive importer of Oita sake. Technical notes: This sake is not junmai, and some distilled alcohol has been added at the end of the brewing...Read More
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