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Akabu Junmai Hiyaoroshi

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The nose on this single pasteurized Fall Draft sake is a wonderful collection of caramel, banana bread, mango, brown sugar, brown rice, cinnamon toast, and whipped cream aromas. Smooth, round, rich, chewy, layered and plump this brew is unique in that it is so balanced for such plumpness. Talk about a "wow" sake! If you wanted the taste of Autumn in sake form this is it. The label might be influential when looking for the abundant flavors in each sip. Look for brown sugar, brown rice, brownie, ripe fig, baked peach, cinnamon, butter, mango, banana bread, and cooked pear flavors on a super balanced flow with a phantom finish that is plum, fun, then gone. Impressive sake. WORD: Decadent WINE: Smooth Reds/Fat Whites BEER: Belgian Ales FOODS: Grilled fare, stews, curries, meats, game, fowl, fatty fish. (2022)


The nose on this single pasteurized seasonally released sake is a tremendous collection of chestnuts, leather, cream, wood paddle, straw, stone fruits, and earth tone aromas. Say hello to a throwback Hiyaoroshi that is not a super fruit tone driven like many today. But rather is savory, rich, and drinks like the label looks. Smooth, round, and soft, this savory sake has a unique “outside” that sips like sweet brown sugar with an intriguing cocoa finish. Look for killer flavors like honey, sweet rice, burnt butter, crème brûlée, dark chocolate, cinnamon, and cream. This brew is rich, but the smoothness and brewing technique makes it drink more light than heavy. Soft and lush it is so balanced in the glass and warms quite nicely, which brings out more cocoa notes.  WORD: Savory WINE: Rich Reds/Creamy Whites BEER: Belgian Ales FOODS: Salty, savory, greasy, meaty, rich, fried, fatty, and full-bodied cuisines. (2021)