True Sake Selects - Team True Sake Select Monthly Brews of Note October 2010
|Toyo Bijin "Asian Beauty" Extremely Dry Junmai Ginjo
From Yamaguchi Prefecture / SMV: +15 / Acidity: 1.5 / Rice: Yamadanishiki $32 (720ml)
For those who enjoy dry brews, such as Otokoyama, Senchu Hassaku, Suigei, Izumi Judan, this elegantly smooth and dry Junmai Ginjo will be a nice autumn addition to your sake list. Silky texture, un-sweetness yet with a trace of fruitiness. This sake is filled with rice-ness and magical dryness. (This sake was quite popular at the Sake Day 2010.)
|Jozen Mizuno Gotoshi "Jozen Blue" Junmai Daiginjo
From Niigata Prefecture / SMV: +2 / Acidity: 1.5 / $68 (720ml with box)
This is an extremely elegant sake, silky smooth and with that Niigata freshness that I love! I tasted this out of a smaller glass and on the colder side. It was excellent, very clean and not too sweet or dry. It wasn't "watery" by any means, but had a nice medium-light body. And the fruitiness, which was subtle at this temperature, might pop out more as it sits in your hand. But really, your glass will probably be empty before you realize it. For those who joined us at Sake Day 2010, this was the Welcome sake that many of you came back to over and over (and over!) again. And to that group who I saw crowding the welcome table and tilting the cask to get that last drop while you thought I wasn't looking (you know who you are! Haha!), I expect you to take advantage of this opportunity to pick up a full bottle of one of your favorite sakes of the evening. And great news, it's even cheaper than I originally quoted at the event! So enjoy!