Saké tasting lineup

So here’s the lineup for our saké tasting next wednesday night. A flight of five sakés chosen to sample a wide variety of sakés since this is an introduction to many. Exploration is the theme here, these are all very distinctive brews; hopefully each person is going to like some much better than others.

I’m going to list these kind of like a spec sheet, without bothering to explain it. For those interested, come to the event and ask! Better yet, drink some and form your own opinions about each. Saké appreciation is about subjectivity and personal preference OK?

First: one-cup saké, served icy cold

Brewer: Ozeki
Region: Hyogo Prefecture
Category: Junmai
Flavor Profile: natural rice flavor
Alcohol: 15%
Acidity: 1.7
Sake Meter Value: +3
Comments: Very versatile both in terms of good drinking temperature zones and food pairings. Like many junmai sakés this pairs well with stronger flavored foods like yakitori.

Second: nigorizake

Brewer: Ozeki
Category: Junmai
Flavor Profile: Mild sweetness
Alcohol: 14.5%
Acidity: 1.7
Sake Meter Value: -50
Comments: Serve chilled, pairs well with desserts. This is “nigori” which means unfiltered, thus the cloudiness. Shake well before pouring and try to enjoy the thick texture.

Third: Kuromatsu Hakushita Chokara

Brewer: Tatsuuma Honke
Category: Junmai
Flavor Profile: Crisp dry taste
Alcohol: 15%
Acidity: 1.5
Sake Meter Value: +6
Comments: Serve lightly chilled or at room temperature. Pairs well with fried or grilled foods, spicy foods.

Ozeki Junmai Daiginjo

Fourth: Junmai Dai Ginjo

Brewer: Ozeki
Category: Junmai Daiginjo
Flavor Profile: Dry, light, fruity
Alcohol: 16%
Acidity: 1.4
Sake Meter Value: +7
Comments: Serve chilled, pairs well with fish, sushi.

Fifth: Hana Kohaku

Brewer: Tatsuma-Honke
Region: Hyogo Prefecture
Category: Umeshu – plum infused sake
Flavor Profile: Sweet plum flavor. smooth
Alcohol: 12.5%
Comments: Smooth and sweet, a great choice as dessert beverage. A slightly plum nose, sweet pluminess when you first taste, finishes with a clean rice taste.

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