Imayo Tsukasa Hito to Ki to Hitotoki Junmai
The nose on this very unique sake that was fermented in a wooden vat called Kioke is a great collection of cedar, ginger, citrus, white pepper, lemon butter, and sun dried wood deck aromas. Hito to Ki translates to “people and tree”, which is a great name for a sake that is made in a throwback old school manner, but drinks with a futuristic elegance. This is not an "in-your-face" Taru or cedar sake, rather it is a round, smooth, silky, and crisp brew with a tannin-like dryness that opens up into a gentle creamy sake as the fluid warms. The label on this sake is one of the coolest in the business with beautiful wood grains crawling up and down highlighted perfectly. This stunning packaging hides an equally beautiful and unique sake that has an elegant grittiness and complexity that drinks with style and meaning. Look for peach, cantaloupe, honey, clover, fresh ginger, vanilla cream, earthy, nutty, cedar, and dark chocolate flavors. Hito to Ki is a smart and savvy sake that is a food pairing monster and should not be missed. WORD: Liquid Complexity WINE: Tannin Reds/Woody Whites BEER: Crisp Ales FOODS: Complex cuisines, meats, game, fowl, savory pastas, rich soups and stews, grilled anything, fatty fish.