Kenbishi Kuromatsu Honjozo "Black Pine"
The nose on this extremely famous Honjozo from the brewery that calls itself “The Oldest Brand Since 1505” is a dynamic collection of steamed rice, cocoa, maple syrup, and noughet aromas. The distinctive labels shows a sword tip coming at you just like the deep, rich and full-bodied flavors come right at your palate. This brew is dense and thick and feels great in the palate. Look for savory and sweet rice flavors that flow on a fat liquid that is excellent for warming. Dig deep and you find a layer of cocoa tones and even deeper you will happen upon a cream brulee flavor that is out of this world. Truly one of the classic Honjozos that every sake explorer should try at some point. WORD: Rich WINE: Deep Reds/Fat Whites BEER: Stouts FOODS: Perfect for pub food salty and savory and greasy, also soup and stews when warmed.