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True Sake Selects - Team True Sake Select Monthly Brews of Note March 2011

Miwa's Pick:

bottle Yuki no Bosha Yamhai Junmai (Genshu)
From Akita Prefecture.
SMV: +1 Acidty: 1.9 Rice: Yamadanishuiki & Akita Sake Komachi
$30 (720ml)

I've been waiting for this sake for a quite sometime. The first time I had it was in Tokyo several years ago. I brought back a bottle one year, and I encountered it again at an event in the U.S. last year. After three weeks of trying to get it--with a no show each time, this Yamahai Junmai from Yuki no Bosha is finally here.
On my rare Saturday off, I opened this long-awaited bottle at dinner-we had a simple roasted chicken. From the bottle nose, I picked up a delicate fruit and minty aroma along with a hint of butterscotch. When I took my first sip, I went "Ummmm!" - overcome by the signature Yuki No Bosha acidity. When I can recognize a particular trait of a brewery, it makes me happy, and I feel closer to the brew and the people who brewed it. This very unique acidity is so well balanced by the sweetness of the rice and the umami, (which my husband calls yumami,) that the acidity is like the lead player , and sweetness and umani are like supporting roles. They perfectly complement each other, creating a harmony of flavors that are so unique to this brew.

Served warm, the texture become lighter, and the acidity floats in the air, but is anchored by the rice and subtle savory tones. And this sake holds its flavors even days after being opened.

For more on the brewery, please check their website:
Yuki no Bosha Brewery
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