Full Review

Ichishima

Ichishima
Junmai Sake

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Junmai Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 15%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$35

Ichishima
Junmai Sake

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Junmai Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 15%
Bright silver color. Aromas and flavors of toasted nuts, baked potato and sugar cane, honey rice cake, and fruity aloe drink with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, brisk finish with accents of young coconut and milk, plantain chip, and bark finish. A crisp, refreshing sake for carefree sipping.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: toasted nuts, baked potato and sugar cane, honey rice cake, and fruity aloe drink
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of young coconut and milk, plantain chip, and bark
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own
Recipes Pairing: Sushi, Tempura, Swiss
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A crisp, refreshing sake for carefree sipping.

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.

Junmai Sake

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Serve in a Stemless Wine Glass
Junmai literally translates into “pure rice”. This is the older, more traditional method of brewing sake. Junmai saké can only contain four ingredients: rice, water, yeast and koji with no added alcohol. Junmai sakés will be richer and fuller bodied than the other major type, Honjozo saké. Until recently, at least a 30% rice polish (70% remaining) was required for this definition, but that has now been eliminated.

These are generally dry to off-dry and pair well with sushi, fusion cuisine or even seafood risotto.