Sake Spotlight September 2005
I recently received an email from James G – a customer of the store and newsletter reader – who offered this thought: "Although I do enjoy reading through the anecdotes, and appreciate the good humor with which the newsletter is presented, I would find more and more detailed descriptions of the specific sakes offered much more useful to me."
And your wish is my command. I have decided to add a section to the Newsletter for those who would like to know more about specific sakes from myself and other professionals in the sake world. The Sake SPOTLIGHT section will select a sake or two for break-down and build- up. And hopefully the result will be a better understanding of how the selected sake is made, what elements to look for and what impresses those who know. But, again I must state that at the end of the day you the drinker are the champion of your own palate, which is vastly different from every other palate out there. I will lead you to the water, but it is you who must drink.
|Mukune "Root of Innocence"Junmai Ginjo from Daimon Shuzo (founded in 1826) in Osaka Prefecture. The owner is Yasutaka Daimon – a sixth generation director of the brewery and an excellent person. The head brewer was Kazuyuki Kita (There has been a major development in this regard that I will cover in the next newsletter – fascinating stuff but it is still not public information yet.)Facts:
I asked John Gauntner, author – sake professional – and the "Sake Guy" his thoughts about Mukune and he provided the following:
I myself find Mukune to be an enchantress of sorts; equal parts magical and mythical. Herewith is my review in the store:
What John and I and many others agree upon is that there is a quality that this sake posses that is unique in the sake forest. It stands alone. Philip stated that it is a reflection of the Kansai style, but rarely have I tasted a sake that works as well as Mukune. It is seamless in movement and has a higher than normal acidity level that is there but all together not there as well. I admire the "wideness" of flavor, and have tried this sake out of many different vessels to see which one distributes the phantom acidity best. My conclusion is that a round-bottomed tall water glass with straight sides makes the most of the fluid. A very classy sake from an equally classy brewery. Worth an exploration at $38/720ml or $18/300ml.