Full Review

Ninki-Ichi

Ninki-Ichi
Daiginjo Sake

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Chicken

Category: Honjozo Daiginjo Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 17%
95 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$150

Ninki-Ichi
Daiginjo Sake

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Chicken

Category: Honjozo Daiginjo Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 17%
Light silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple husk, rice pudding, sea spray, peanut and almond butters, lychee blossom, and rice paper with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, very long pineapple in coconut milk with mint, candied papaya and mango, radish and sweet peas, and bamboo and cashew fruit finish. A supple, fruity and chewy daiginjo that is sure to satisfy fans of Alsacian Gewurztraminer.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: pineapple husk, rice pudding, sea spray, peanut and almond butters, lychee blossom, and rice paper
Taste Flavor: pineapple in coconut milk with mint, candied papaya and mango, radish and sweet peas, and bamboo and cashew fruit
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Panang Curry, Beef Teriyaki, Swiss
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A supple, fruity and chewy daiginjo that is sure to satisfy fans of Alsacian Gewurztraminer.

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.

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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