Many people who don’t like nihonshu says it’s because of the smell or strong taste of alcohol. For those people I would recommend “Sensuke, Junmai Daiginjo”.
This sake, made by Izumi Shuzou located in Nada in Hyougo prefecture where is one of the most famous place of sake productions in Japan, will definitely surprise you only by the first pouring and the first sip.
- Band Name : Sensuke
- Specific Name : Junmai Daiginjo
- Other Characteristics : None
- Alcohol Degree : Between 15° & 16°
- Rice Remained : 48% (52% polished off)
- Brewer : Izumi Shuzou
- Ingredient Rice : Yamada Nishiki harvested in Hyogo prefecture
- Price : JPY 1,851 / 720ml (In the official online shop)
To learn how to read above, check also “Sake. Japanese Rice Wine”.
How Does It Taste?
Sweet smell like Koji mold. First time I tasted this sake I thought it was strawberry juice. Next time I felt it was melon juice. This time my impression about this nihonshu was mixed fruit juice. Yes, it’s really fruity and sweet, and its aftertaste is surprisingly refreshing and light. Be careful. You may unconsciously drink too much.
Regarding above chart, please check the article “Taste of Sake”.
It’s a daiginjo which has a strong flavor. Sake professionals tell it’s not good for marriage with food especially with light taste, and you don’t need any appetizers to enjoy daiginjo.
Well,,, I’m not a professional and I enjoyed it with dishes in below picture. It was great. Clams in the picture were steamed with this sake which was also really nice.
Where to buy? Where to order?
Unfortunately I have never met with this brand in restaurants and bars. And I have never bought a bottle by myself since my mother in law (who lives in Hyogo) buys for me.
As the brewer is in Kansai (western region of Japan), this sake is sold at liquor shops mostly in western areas. Here I attach a shop list. Please use google translate to find the location of the nearest shop with you.
I you find a bottle in a shop, or a glass in a restaurant. Take that chance and try to have one. Maybe it’s the luckiest happening in this year for you.