Hakkaisan 45 Junmai Daiginjo
The nose on this very intelligent sake from one of the top branded breweries in the sake world, is a very unique collection of pear, honey, kiwi, apple, anise, and rose water aromas. Using three different rice varietals and a special yeast, this Junmai Daiginjo is a breed apart from most of the overly aromatic and fruity brews on the market today. Soft, round, smooth, and rich, this brew drinks more like the pie crust than the fruit filling. There are deep and rich fruit tones of Asian apple pear, apricot, cranberry, and ripe pear, but the strength of this flavor field rests in the other flavors of oatmeal, vanilla beans, grains, breakfast cereal, and pie shell. And there is also a neat little trick to the senses in that the body of this sake is light, but it drinks rich as the flavors stay on the palate as it gently glides through the palate. And best of all Hakkaisan uses a drip free pour bottle top opening so you don't lose a glorious sip. WORD: Smooth WINE: Deep Reds/Earthy Whites BEER: Creamy Ales FOODS: Sushi, sashimi, creamy pastas, salty and savory fare, grilled white fish.