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Hatsumago

Hatsumago
Shozui Junmai Diaginjo

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Junmai Daiginjo Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 16%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$40

Hatsumago
Shozui Junmai Diaginjo

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Junmai Daiginjo Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 16%
Emerald straw color. Aromas of asian pear, butter poached starfruit, aged cheeses, and spiced toffee with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a layered, medium-length béchamel, mint creme, and shitake mushroom finish. A creamy, concentrated Junmai Daiginjo that offers elegance, strength, and longevity.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: asian pear, butter poached starfruit, aged cheeses, and spiced toffee
Taste Flavor: béchamel, mint creme, and shitake mushroom
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Sushi, Tempura, Swiss
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A creamy, concentrated Junmai Daiginjo that offers elegance, strength, and longevity.

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.

Junmai Daiginjo Sake

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Serve in a Stemless Wine Glass
Junmai Daiginjo’s have at least 50% of the outer hull milled away. Some high end Junmai Daiginjo’s actually get down to 65% of the hull removed. How much of the outer hull of the rice kernel is a major determinant of the final quality of the saké. The more of the hull that’s removed the higher the quality of the saké and generally the price of it as well. The term "Junmai" literally translates into “pure rice”. This is the older, more traditional method of brewing sake. Junmai Daiginjo saké can only contain four ingredients: rice, water, yeast and koji.

Pair these sakes with sushi, fusion cuisine or even scallops or pork chops.

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