August 2018

Sake Surprise – A Sparkling Sake Taster Set

Posted by Beau Timken in 2018, August, Hitotoki, Newsletter, Sparkling Sake

One bonus from a recent re-introduction to a Sake Importer in LA is we are now the proud owners of two new sparkling sakes from the Yamagata Brewery called Rokkasen! These sakes were registered and brought to market for an account in LA that actually went out of business. So like sake vultures we swooped in on these two award winning Sparkling sakes that are unavailable anywhere else in the US. Yes! That’s pretty cool. But what is even cooler is that we are selling the two sakes as a set! Why? It’s the perfect Sparkling Sake sampler!

Sake Surprise – A Sparkling Sake Taster Set A

Have you been holding out to try Sparkling sake? Or are you a fan of the segment? Either way this set of bottle-fermented (continued fermentation) sakes is a perfect way to explore how unique and truly delicious this form of sake can take! Try them out of a Champagne flute to get the bubbly play. The “Silver” Junmai Sparkling has more body and is on the sweeter side with more mouthfeel. And the “Rosé” Junmai Sparkling is more compact, crisp, and dry like a Brut Champagne, which is awesome considering both of these sakes are made just with rice and water!

 

This set comes with the two reviews included in the packaging and makes for a great gift! We love it so much that we gave away bottles to our customers to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of True Sake.

 

Rokkasen Hitotoki “Gold” 
From Yamagata Prefecture. Junmai Sparkling. SMV: -30 Acidity: 5.5
The nose on this sparkling sake that is called “One moment a dream” is filled with cream, tangerine, peach, and yeasty sweet rice aromas. Say hello to a creamy and semi-sweet sparkling sake that has loads of mouth filling flavors with a weight lush flow. In a Champagne flute look for hints of white grapes and sweet cream that are not cloying, but rather full and voluptuous in the pallet. Fat, sweet, and soft it is fun to feel the bubbles come popping through when you take each sip. Creaminess comes through but the fluid is still light and tingly and the 7% alcohol makes this sparkling sake a great taste before dinner and after! WORD: Lush WINE: Sweet Sparkling BEER: Honey Ales FOODS: Champagne fare, fruits, cheese plates.

Sake Surprise – A Sparkling Sake Taster Set B

Rokkasen Hitotoki “Rosé” 
From Yamagata Prefecture. Rosé Sparkling SMV: -30 Acidity: 5.5
The nose on this very exclusive red rice sparkling sake is filled with lemon, apple, yeast, and rice aromas. Wow does this sake look good in Champagne flute with red bubbles galore! This nicely colored sparkling sake is crisp and compact with dry tight bubbles. Tingly with hints of Tannin-like dryness look for Granny Smith crisp flavors with some astringency “Shibumi.” Crisper, tighter, and more tingly than the Sparkling “Gold” it is dry, tart and lively, which makes for a really Brut-like sparkling sake experience. WORD: Crisp WINE: Brut Champagne BEER: Crisp Ales FOODS: Dry Champagne fare.

 


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