Harushika Shiboribana Junmai Ginjo Nama "Spring Deer"
The nose on this unpasteurized spring released Nama is a gentle collection of peach, grape, papaya, cucumber, and melon aromas. The Deer is back! Fleshy, rich, round, and generous. This brew has a 1.9 acidity level, but you could never tell and that's what makes this sake speak to wine drinkers. Soft and gentle without the jagged Nama edges. Look for grape, apple, melon, and juicy pear flavors that slide smoothly across the palate. Just think of fruity Junmai Ginjo but with some weight to the fluid, and a lot of chewiness. A very controlled and solid Nama that screams "pair me with food now!" WORD: Juicy WINE: Fat Reds/Fruity Whites BEER: Creamy Ales FOODS: Sushi, sashimi, shellfish, salty and savory things on a stick. (2021)
The nose on this just released unpasteurized sake is a very mild collection of pear, raisin, and steamed rice aromas. This by far is the most gentle nama sake of these early spring releases. It is a “living” sake that drinks very much like a Ginjo that is smooth, clean, and easy. Easy freshness is a pretty cool concept then add in gentle flavors like Asian Apple Pear, young strawberry, melon, and apple and you get a fresh glass of easy elegance. This is a great starter nama to understand how rice and water can taste like so much more. WORD: Elegant WINE: Soft Reds/Clean Whites BEER: Light Beer FOODS: Clean cuisines, grilled fare, shellfish, sashimi, sushi. (2020)