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Okunomatsu

Okunomatsu
Daiginjo Shizuku 18th Generation Sake

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Dessert Shellfish

Category: Honjozo Daiginjo Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 18%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$150

Okunomatsu
Daiginjo Shizuku 18th Generation Sake

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Dessert Shellfish

Category: Honjozo Daiginjo Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 18%
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of macadamia nut brittle, dried papaya and coconut trail mix, roasted apples with honey butter, and egg whites with toast with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long finish displaying notes of frosted raisin bran, agave, peach cobbler with sweet tea, pineapple in coconut water, rice pudding, and apple candy finish. A powerfully delicious, fruit tsunami of a sake.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: macadamia nut brittle, dried papaya and coconut trail mix, roasted apples with honey butter, and egg whites with toast
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of frosted raisin bran, agave, peach cobbler with sweet tea, pineapple in coconut water, rice pudding, and apple candy
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Panna Cotta, Coconut Crusted Shrimp , Swiss
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A powerfully delicious, fruit tsunami of a sake.

The Producer

Okunomatsu Brewery

The Producer
69 Chomei
Nihonmatsu, Fukushima, 964-0866
Japan
81 -243222153

Their Portfolio

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