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Okunomatsu

Okunomatsu
Daiginjo Shizukuzake 18th Generation Sake

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Shellfish

Category: Honjozo Daiginjo Sake

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

Okunomatsu
Daiginjo Shizukuzake 18th Generation Sake

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Shellfish

Category: Honjozo Daiginjo Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 18%
Clear silvery straw color. Fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of asian pear, ripe pineapple, anise, and candied lavender with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, elaborate, very long finish with accents of sweet peach tea, almond nougat, coconut milk, and delicate spices finish. A fantastically flavorful and inviting sake with remarkably deep fruit and spice flavors.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: asian pear, ripe pineapple, anise, and candied lavender
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of sweet peach tea, almond nougat, coconut milk, and delicate spices
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own
Recipes Pairing: Lobster Thermador, Roast Chicken With A Peach Glaze, Swiss
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fantastically flavorful and inviting sake with remarkably deep fruit and spice flavors.

The Producer

Okunomatsu Brewery

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

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