Harushika Shiboribana Junmai Ginjo Nama "Spring Deer"
The nose on this fan favorite seasonally released unpasteurized sake is a mild collection of green apple, Asian pear, honeydew melon, sweet rice, mineral, and Sweet Pea floral aromas. Smooth, round, juicy, velvety, fleshy, and relaxed. This Ginjo slides across the palate in a smooth and balanced flow. Many customers ask for “something that is cold and smooth,” and this brew is for you. Look for rich fruity flavors of pear, apple, green grape, and melon mixed with gentle licks of powder sugar and rock candy. This is a “slick” sake that is juicy and lively with a tingle finish and has a relaxed astringency (Shibumi) that speaks to white wine drinkers. WORD: Smooth WINE: Soft Reds/Fruity Whites BEER: Fruity Ales FOODS: Sushi, sashimi, shellfish, crab, grilled fish and chicken, fruit and cheese plates. (2022)
The nose on this unpasteurized spring released Nama is a gentle collection of peach, grape, papaya, cucumber, and melon aromas. The Deer is back! Fleshy, rich, round, and generous. This brew has a 1.9 acidity level, but you could never tell and that's what makes this sake speak to wine drinkers. Soft and gentle without the jagged Nama edges. Look for grape, apple, melon, and juicy pear flavors that slide smoothly across the palate. Just think of fruity Junmai Ginjo but with some weight to the fluid, and a lot of chewiness. A very controlled and solid Nama that screams "pair me with food now!" WORD: Juicy WINE: Fat Reds/Fruity Whites BEER: Creamy Ales FOODS: Sushi, sashimi, shellfish, salty and savory things on a stick. (2021)