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Hananomai

Hananomai
Junmai Ginjo Sake

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Game Shellfish

Category: Junmai Ginjo Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 15%
80 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$25

Hananomai
Junmai Ginjo Sake

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Game Shellfish

Category: Junmai Ginjo Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 15%
Clear silver color. Curious aromas and flavors of plastic wrapped and fermenting tropical fruits and gooseberries, stale cashews, and old opened pineapple can with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk finish with notes of overripe papaya in Greek yogurt, bamboo shoots and leaves, artichoke hearts, and coconut husk finish. A funky earthy sake for the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively & Funky
Aroma Aroma: plastic wrapped and fermenting tropical fruits and gooseberries, stale cashews, and old opened pineapple can
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of overripe papaya in Greek yogurt, bamboo shoots and leaves, artichoke hearts, and coconut husk
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Fried Oysters, Braised Rabbit, Swiss
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A funky earthy sake for the table.

The Producer or Importer

Pacific International Liquor, Inc.

The Producer or  Importer
4800 S. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90058
USA
1 323-582-6605

Their Portfolio

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Junmai Ginjo Sake

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Serve in a Stemless Wine Glass
A junmai ginjo sake is a very particular type of sake. Junmai refers to a sake that is a pure rice wine, one that does not have any distilled alcohol added. Ginjo refers to the fact that at least 40% of the rice polished away during the brewing process. This process for a ginjo sake is done at lower temperatures, which takes longer, but produces a sake that is light and fragrant with greater complexity.

A junmai ginjo sake is considered a "super premium" sake, which represents less than 10% of all sake. Along with traditional foods paired with sake, such as sushi or Asian cuisine, a junmai ginko sake also marries well with roast turkey or even leg of lamb.