Hakkaisan 45 Daiginjo
The nose on this special brew from the powerhouse Hakkaisan brewery is a wonderful collection of melon, white peach, apple, cherry, wheat and steamed rice aromas. From the first glorious sip, you will realize that this is not a pretentious fruit forward Daiginjo that now seems to be the rage in the sake world. This is an elegant brew that drinks more on the savory and rich side than the spastic fruity and floral side. In a word, it is super easy to drink, which is the ultimate end game right? But wait there's more! This sake hides some very unique and tasty flavors such as brown sugar, deep berries, flan, pear compote, kombu, snow melt, sea salt, and lots of rich umami goodness. A larger glass captures more of the flavors, balances the brew, and brings forth a sneaky richness on the smooth and layered fluid. You have to love the no drip pouring bottle top, which comes in handy on your second and maybe even third glass! WORD: Umami WINE: Complex Reds/Flinty Whites BEER: Creamy Belgians FOODS: Sushi, Sashimi, Shellfish, Grilled meats, game, fowl, and fish.