Ichinokura Taru "Ace Brewery"
This Junmai Taru, which is cedar-kept sake from "Ace Brewery" is a terrific example of how sake used to taste way back in the day of all cedar casks. The nose is a blend of Japanese cedar and apple blossoms with a feint hint of tropical citrus. It has a very subtle start despite the robust nose and is filled with a savory middle-mouth of dried apples and overripe pears. There is a hint of thickness that makes the viscosity dance in a salty aftertaste. It is slightly chewy and syrupy, and changes flavors as the fluid warms in the mouth. WORD: Apple WINE: Cedar-aged whites BEER: Smoky Ambers FOODS: Stews, dumplings, cooked veggies, pates.