Hiraizumi Yamahai Tokubetsu Junmai "Splashing Spring Water"
The nose on this traditionally made sake from a brewery that was founded in 1487 is a slick collection of pralines and cream, lemon tea, crème brûlée, flan, apple, bay leaves and mint. Hiraizumi has been out of our inventory for a few years, but we are so glad that this brew is back! It’s one of their flagship sakes, and every sake drinker should try it at some point. This is very much Akita sake that drinks dry and clean, but there is body and texture that flows across the palate that is round and firm. Bold and tight, there is a very nice acidity play that jumps with a smooth flavor field. Look for lemon custard, sourdough toast, dark chocolate, with creamy and buttery tones and crisp mineral finish. Old-style sake made by an old time brewery, and the drinker's pleasure is all new to you. Great for room temperature and warming. WORD: Tradition WINE: Big Dry Reds/Flinty Crisp Whites BEER: Crisp Tight Ales FOODS: Izakaya fare, Yakitori, fatty fish, fried and savory fare, game, and fowl.