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Hananomai

Hananomai
Katana Ginjo Sake

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Honjozo Ginjo Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 15%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$25

Hananomai
Katana Ginjo Sake

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Honjozo Ginjo Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 15%
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of tapioca pudding, rice flour, brown sugar sprinkled pear, and bamboo leaves with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of coconut water and saline, honeyed fig, bamboo, and pepper finish. A lively, juicy ginjo sake.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: tapioca pudding, rice flour, brown sugar sprinkled pear, and bamboo leaves
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of coconut water and saline, honeyed fig, bamboo, and pepper
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Tempura, Chicken Teriyaki, Swiss
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lively, juicy ginjo sake.

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

80 Hananomai Junmai Ginjo Sake 15% (Japan) $25.00.
86 Hananomai Katana Ginjo Sake 15% (Japan) $25.00.
90 Hananomai Katana Ginjo Sake 16% (Japan) $38.00.
86 Hananomai Katana Junmai Daiginjo Sake 16% (Japan) $25.00.
88 Hananomai Katana Extra Dry Junmai Ginjo Sake 15% (Japan) $25.00.
93 Hananomai Katana Junmai Daiginjo Sake 15% (Japan) $35.00.
89 Hatsumago Kimoto Junmai Sake 15% (Japan) $25.00.
90 Hatsumago Junmai Kimoto Sake 15% (Japan) $27.00.
92 Hatsumago Shozui Junmai Diaginjo 16% (Japan) $40.00.
84 Kigen Sake 13.5% (Japan) $5.00.
87 Kurosawa Junmai Kimoto Sake 15% (Japan) $20.00.
94 Kurosawa Daiginjo Sake 15.5% (Japan) $60.00.
93 Kurosawa Junmai Kimoto Sake 15% (Japan) $25.00.
94 Kurosawa Junmai Kimoto Sake 15% (Japan) $20.00.
85 Kurosawa Nigori Sake 8% (Japan) $15.00.
89 Kurosawa Junmai Daiginjo Ginrei Sake 16% (Japan) $35.00.
91 Kurosawa Daiginjo Premium Reserve Sake 15% (Japan) $55.00.
85 Kurosawa Ginrei Junmai Daiginjo Sake 16% (Japan) $35.00.
84 Lucky Cup Sake 13.5% (Japan) $5.00.
87 Nagai Mizubasho Ginjo Sake 16% (Japan) $28.00.
85 Nagai Mizubasho Junmai Daiginjo Sake 16% (Japan) $35.00.
92 Shichiken Junmai Ginjo Sake 15% (Japan) $30.00.
92 Shichiken Junmai Ginjo Sake 15% (Japan) $35.00.
93 Yamanashi Meijo Shichiken Junmai Ginjo Sake 15% (Japan) $35.00.

Honjozo Ginjo Sake

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Serve in a Stemless Wine Glass
Honjozo Ginjo sake has at least 40% of rice polished away with a small amount of distilled alcohol added. These are clear in appearance with rich, appealing aromas and flavors including melon, Asian pear, and pineapple. Pair with the finest sushi or teriyaki.

During WWII, as a result of significant rice shortages, the government allowed saké brewers to supplement their saké with an additional amount of brewer’s alcohol. While this was initially a cost control measure, the brewer’s found that the added alcohol extracted more aromatics and flavor from the saké mash. The Honjozo style makes for a somewhat lighter style of saké. Honjozo saké is much more prevalent in Japan today, while Junmai saké is more common in U.S. markets. A point of clarification: whichever style is used the overall alcohol content of the end product will be the same, typically 14-16%. Much like wine, these are the New World and Old World styles of saké. When looking at bottles of saké at your local retail store, Junmai saké will always state that on the label. When the word Junmai doesn’t appear on the label the saké it’s generally a Honjozo.

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