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Kenbishi

Kenbishi
Kuromatsu Honjozo Sake

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Shellfish

Category: Honjozo Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 17%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$38

Kenbishi
Kuromatsu Honjozo Sake

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Shellfish

Category: Honjozo Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 17%
Pale emerald straw color. Attractive, toasty aromas and flavors of toasty nougat, soy sautéed mushroom, toasted zucchini pretzel bread, and roasted banana and peach with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long finish conveying accents of cocoa-dusted tropical fruits, chicory latte, honey roasted chestnuts, and pepper finish. A rich, flavor-packed honjozo with lots of fruit and roasted nuances.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Rich & Full, Savory & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: toasty nougat, soy sautéed mushroom, toasted zucchini pretzel bread, and roasted banana and peach
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of cocoa-dusted tropical fruits, chicory latte, honey roasted chestnuts, and pepper
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Teriyaki, Poached Scallops With Chorizo Butter, Swiss
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich, flavor-packed honjozo with lots of fruit and roasted nuances.

The Producer or Importer

Silkroad Wine & Spirits

The Producer or  Importer
4800 S. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90058
USA
1 323-582-6605

Their Portfolio

90 Kawaba "Snow Weizen" 5% (Japan)
96 Kenbishi Mizuho Junmai 17.5% (Japan) $38.00.
90 Kenbishi Kuromatsu Honjozo Sake 17% (Japan) $35.00.
94 Kenbishi Mizuho Junmai Sake 17.5% (Japan) $42.00.
87 Kenbishi Kuromatsu Honjozo Sake 17% (Japan) $38.00.
84 Makiri Junmai Ginjo 15% (Japan) $20.00.
94 Mizbasho Ginjo Sake 15% (Japan) $25.00.
93 Mizbasho Junmai Daiginjo 15% (Japan) $29.00.
95 Ninki-Ichi Daiginjo Sake 17% (Japan) $150.00.
83 Ninki-Ichi Sparkling Natural Sake 7% (Japan) $15.00.
84 Tohoku Meijo Makiri Junmai Gingo Sake 16% (Japan) $38.00.
85 Tohoku Meijo Makiri Junmai Daiginjo Sake 17% (Japan) $50.00.
86 Tohoku Meijo Hatsumago Kimoto Junmai Sake 16% (Japan) $25.00.
92 Tohoku Meijo Hatsumago Junmai Daiginjo Shozui Sake 17% (Japan) $50.00.

Honjozo Sake

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Serve in a Stemless Wine Glass
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.

Honjozo sake has at least 30% of rice polished away with a small amount of distilled alcohol added. These are clear in appearance with flavors such as banana, toasted nuts and mushrooms and are quire subtle and elegant. Pair with tempura or fusion cuisine.