Kamonishiki Nifudazake "Tank 132"
The nose on this new-style Daiginjo is a mild collection of pear, cantaloupe, strawberry, green apple, lychee, green grape, and steamed rice aromas. Sake doesn’t always have to fit in the same stuffy box where makers produce brews that drink well but are all the same. Say hello to the not-the-same-old-same-old-sake made in the new-world style that is bright, spritzy, fun and fun. You said fun twice. Yes! Because it’s twice the fun. Made with Yamadanishiki and Gohyakumangoku, listen for the little hiss as you open the cap, and check out the little bubbles that appear to float in the fluid. Basically, this means lively and fresh unpasteurized sake that is well built, solid, with a quick finish. Look for fresh crisp flavors like grapefruit, watermelon, young mango, kiwi, ginger, rock candy, cherry, apple, cotton candy, and minerals on a light and bright fluid, with a lot of umami, and a clean departure. This is a performance sake at its finest. WORD: Fresh Complexity WINE: Lively reds/Crisp whites BEER: Crisp ales FOODS: Sushi, sashimi, crab, lobster, scallops, citrus based dishes, seafood samplers, Champagne fare.