Hakuto Tokubetsu Junmai "Deep Faith"
The nose on this brew that is made by a husband and wife brewing duo is a very interesting collection of honey roasted nuts, grains, pancakes, breakfast cereal and hay aromas. This is a real treat to the Junmai category that has lots of rich, savory, and full-bodied flavors, but is also elegant with an attitude that celebrates the ricey umami-side of flavorful sake. Smooth, rich, with a little brightness in acidity there are layers of very unique flavors such as pound cake, maple syrup, bread pudding, freshly baked cookies, lemon icing, baked Cinnabon, and apple strudel. It is slightly earthy and very deep in the Junmai category, but they brew using a technique that calls for two days of pressing, which gives this sake a layer of elegance best described as soft or silky which highlights all of the natural umami in the fluid. WORD: Umami WINE: Deep Reds/Fat Whites BEER: Belgian Ales FOODS: All things on a stick, grilled, roasted, stewed, and comfort foods.