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Ichishima

Ichishima
Ginnoyorokobi Competition Daiginjo Sake

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Honjozo Daiginjo Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 16%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$170
2017 Top 3 Best Sake

Ichishima
Ginnoyorokobi Competition Daiginjo Sake

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Honjozo Daiginjo Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 16%
Clear silvery straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of honeyed melon, cinnamon spiced asian pear, lily and blueberry scone, and marinated mushrooms with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long finish with overtones of coconut milk, tapioca, and spiced mangos and pears in cream finish. A rich, complex and serene sake that is a pleasure to drink.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: honeyed melon, cinnamon spiced asian pear, lily and blueberry scone, and marinated mushrooms
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with overtones of coconut milk, tapioca, and spiced mangos and pears in cream
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Fish With Mango Salsa, Tempura, Swiss
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich, complex and serene sake that is a pleasure to drink.

The Importer

Dreyfus, Ashby and Co.

The Importer
630 3rd Ave, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10017
USA
1 212-818-0770

Their Portfolio

94 Ichishima Ginnoyorokobi Competition Daiginjo Sake 16% (Japan) $170.00.
85 Ichishima Junmai Sake 15% (Japan) $35.00.
92 Ichishima Junmai Daiginjo Sake 15% (Japan) $70.00.
88 Ichishima Seishu Sake 15% (Japan) $27.00.
88 Ichishima Silk Deluxe Junmai Sake 10% (Japan) $32.00.

Honjozo Daiginjo Sake

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Serve in a Stemless Wine Glass
Honjozo Daiginjo sake has at least 50% of rice polished away with a small amount of distilled alcohol added. These are elegant and ethereal sakes with refined, nuanced aromas and flavors including anise, melon and exotic tropical fruits and flowers. Pair with the finest sushi, seafood, vegetarian dishes, or enjoy as a superb aperitif.

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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Honjozo Daiginjo Sake