Full Review

Kurosawa

Kurosawa
Junmai Kimoto Sake

Pair this wine with:
Fish Pasta

Category: Kimoto Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 15%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$20

Kurosawa
Junmai Kimoto Sake

Pair this wine with:
Fish Pasta

Category: Kimoto Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 15%
Bright straw color. Aromas and flavors of dried mango banana and papaya, waxy honeycomb, yogurt almonds, and lychee with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length finish revealing touches of melon, coconut water, and nectarine finish. A rock-solid sake with lively structure and flavors; drinks a bit like an Alsatian white wine.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: dried mango banana and papaya, waxy honeycomb, yogurt almonds, and lychee
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with touches of melon, coconut water, and nectarine
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Fettuccini Alfredo, Sautéed Fish With Plantains, Salmon Teriyaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rock-solid sake with lively structure and flavors; drinks a bit like an Alsatian white wine.

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.
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93 Kurosawa Junmai Kimoto Sake 15% (Japan) $25.00.
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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.

Kimoto Sake

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Serve in a Stemless Wine Glass
Kimoto sake is produced using the original technique of creating the yeast starter mash. Before brewers fully understood the chemistry of creating the necessary yeast starter it was believed that the rice and koji had to be painstakingly mashed into a paste to convert starches to fermentable sugars. This process involved brewers mixing and crushing the rice and koji with long poles in a small vats for hours. The Kimoto method is very labor intensive and requires twice as much time in comparison to modern methods to complete the yeast starter. This method is still used by some breweries today, and results in a more robust, wilder and gamier sake.