Fukumuryo Junmai Ginjo "Blend"
The nose on this uniquely produced sake is a great collection of pear, melon, sugar, stone fruit, nectarine, marshmallow, and sweet rice aromas. This is a “Bucket List” sake for sure as it is a collaboration between two breweries Shinshu Meijo Co. (makers of Takizawa) and Kutsukake Shuzo Co. (makers of Fukumuryo) that blend sake made in each brewery to achieve a fabulous tasting Junmai Ginjo that drinks great. Round, smooth, semi-rich, silky, and fluffy, this brew tastes as good as it feels with a really cool uplifting finish. Look for an array of flavors such as powdered sugar, peach, pear compote, apple pie, honeydew tones that slip into marshmallow, nougat, and confectionary sugar as the fluid warms in the glass. It sounds sweet, but actually, it’s more along the lines of a semi-dry sake that has a very nice softness. Great job you two Nagano breweries, what a sake! WORD: Tasty WINE: Soft Reds/Rich Whites BEER: Fruity Ales FOODS: Sushi, sashimi, lobster, crab, grilled fish and fowl, Champagne fare, and cheese plates.