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Hatsumago

Hatsumago
Kimoto Junmai Sake

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Dessert Fish

Category: Kimoto Sake

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

Hatsumago
Kimoto Junmai Sake

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Dessert Fish

Category: Kimoto Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 15%
Clear silver color. Fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of white cake with delicate almond frosting and coconut cream pie with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, amusing, buoyant finish displaying elements of apple pudding, melon and grape, and delicate spiced nuts finish. A very tasty and gratifying sake that would be a nice introduction to sake.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: white cake with delicate almond frosting and coconut cream pie
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with elements of apple pudding, melon and grape, and delicate spiced nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Strawberry Shortcake, Sweet And Sour Chicken, Salmon Teriyaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very tasty and gratifying sake that would be a nice introduction to 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

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Kimoto Sake

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Serve in a Stemless Wine Glass
Kimoto sake is produced using the original technique of creating the yeast starter mash. Before brewers fully understood the chemistry of creating the necessary yeast starter it was believed that the rice and koji had to be painstakingly mashed into a paste to convert starches to fermentable sugars. This process involved brewers mixing and crushing the rice and koji with long poles in a small vats for hours. The Kimoto method is very labor intensive and requires twice as much time in comparison to modern methods to complete the yeast starter. This method is still used by some breweries today, and results in a more robust, wilder and gamier sake.