Boucho Tsuru Muroka “Legendary Crane”
The nose on this new style Junmai is an interesting collection of sweet corn, melon, apple pie, sweet peas, and honey tea aromas. Say hello to a very modern sake that is expressive, expansive, and very lively in the palate with a rich tingle that is refreshing and bright. Talk about a wide flavor field! There is so much going on in each sip with peach and ripe persimmon here, cantaloupe and apple there, blackberry and champagne grapes here, and veggie and herbaceous licks there. A sliver of bitterness dances with the acidity and the higher alcohol content (17%) to produce a unique liveliness that is very enjoyable on the palate. It’s hard to say that a Junmai sake can be “refreshing,” but this new world effort is all that! WORD: Expressive WINE: Zesty Reds/Crisp Whites BEER: Crisp Ales FOODS: Sushi, sashimi, shellfish, oysters, grilled salty and savory fare.