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Kenbishi

Kenbishi
Mizuho Junmai Sake

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Junmai Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 17.5%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$42

Kenbishi
Mizuho Junmai Sake

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Junmai Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 17.5%
Rich yellow straw color. Roasted, attractive aromas and flavors of toasted rice with tamari and butter, honey roasted nuts, and carob with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, long nectarines with malted chocolate, figs and melon rind, and praline finish. A complex combination of sweet and savory tones makes this a natural choice for pairings; sherry-lovers need apply!

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Savory
Aroma Aroma: toasted rice with tamari and butter, honey roasted nuts, and carob
Taste Flavor: nectarines with malted chocolate, figs and melon rind, and praline
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own
Recipes Pairing: Tempura, Tempura, Swiss
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A complex combination of sweet and savory tones makes this a natural choice for pairings; sherry-lovers need apply!

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.

Junmai Sake

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Serve in a Stemless Wine Glass
Junmai literally translates into “pure rice”. This is the older, more traditional method of brewing sake. Junmai saké can only contain four ingredients: rice, water, yeast and koji with no added alcohol. Junmai sakés will be richer and fuller bodied than the other major type, Honjozo saké. Until recently, at least a 30% rice polish (70% remaining) was required for this definition, but that has now been eliminated.

These are generally dry to off-dry and pair well with sushi, fusion cuisine or even seafood risotto.