True Sake Selects - Team True Sake Select Monthly Brews of Note June 2011
| Seikyo Junmai Takehara
From Hiroshima prefecture. SMV: -1 / Acidity: 1.5 / Yeast: Association #10. Filled with a rich rice tone, this gentle Junmai is a new arrival from Nakao brewery in the city of Takehara. The sake offers aromatic layers of grain, dairy, apple and dry cherry with a soft texture. (You may think the sake is brewed with soft water, but it is indeed brewed with semi-hard water.) A touch of favorable sweet-bitterness and umami (yummy savory tone) is quietly present in the taste, and a subtle crisp edge gives a sense of dry finish. This brew becomes even more round after being open for a few days. Food-wise, grilled or smoked fair will do well.
The brewery is known as the birthplace of apple yeast, which is used to brew their "Maboroshi" (Junmai Daiginjo). They are also the inventor of "high temperature saccarification method (ko-on toka moto/shubo), which was developed to maximize the performance of the apple yeast. (If you are interested in their Junmai Daiginjo, let me know.) $24 (720ml)
| Gassanryu Daiginjo
From Yamagata Prefecture. Daiginjo Muroka Namazume. SMV:+3 / Acidity: 1.2. Light & smooth tone. This medium dry daiginjo has a clear and clean finish. Great for the summer season. $40 (720ml)