Full Review

Kurosawa

Kurosawa
Daiginjo Sake

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish

Category: Honjozo Daiginjo Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 15.5%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$60
2017 Top 3 Best Sake

Kurosawa
Daiginjo Sake

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish

Category: Honjozo Daiginjo Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 15.5%
Bright silver color. Attractive aromas and flavors of ripe pineapple and apples, spiced baked peaches, black walnut nougat, and bread and rice puddings with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, snappy finish that shows accents of fruit salad, banana and fig, and hint of spice nuts finish. A stylish sake with a great dichotomy of richness and ethereal lightness.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: ripe pineapple and apples, spiced baked peaches, black walnut nougat, and bread and rice puddings
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of fruit salad, banana and fig, and hint of spice nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Lake Superior Whitefish, Seafood Stuffed Squash Blossoms, Swiss
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A stylish sake with a great dichotomy of richness and ethereal lightness.

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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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.
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84 Kigen Sake 13.5% (Japan) $5.00.
87 Kurosawa Junmai Kimoto Sake 15% (Japan) $20.00.
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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.
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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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