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Murai Family

Murai Family
Daiginjo Sake

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish

Category: Honjozo Daiginjo Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 16%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$70
2017 Top 3 Best Sake

Murai Family
Daiginjo Sake

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish

Category: Honjozo Daiginjo Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 16%
Silvery emerald straw color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of spiced caramelized apple, banana raisin muffin, hint of anise, and brown sugar with a round, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long finish that shows accents of melon in sweet cream, toasted coconut, rain water, and spiced almond nougat finish. An elegant, beautifully poised Daiginjo that is a pleasure to drink.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: spiced caramelized apple, banana raisin muffin, hint of anise, and brown sugar
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of melon in sweet cream, toasted coconut, rain water, and spiced almond nougat
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Dover Sole Almondine, Salmon Teriyaki, Swiss
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An elegant, beautifully poised Daiginjo that is a pleasure to drink.

The Producer or Importer

SakéOne Corp.

The Producer or  Importer
820 Elm St
Forest Grove, OR 97116
USA
1 800-550-7253

Their Portfolio

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89 Momokawa Medium Dry Diamond Junmai Ginjo Sake 14.8% (Japan) $14.00.
85 Momokawa Medium Dry Diamond Junmai Ginjo Sake 14.8% (USA) $14.00.
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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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