Kankobai Prototype J Junmai Ginjo
The nose on this fun "Prototype" sake is a vivid collection of apple, lime, kiwi, sherbet, pineapple, and pear aromas. Pop! Yes, the cap almost popped off when opening, which means that there is a lot of lively action in this sake from Mie. (We don't have a lot of Mie sake so this is a good one to explore). The brewer tried to keep the naturally occurring CO2 in the bottle to give it a "pop." Juicy, bright, tingly, there is an immediate apple presence on a fluid that is slightly effervescent and lively. There are immediate candy tones, with pineapple, cantaloupe, strawberry, blueberry, cucumber, vanilla, mineral, and a very small hint of yuzu kosho. Using a unique brewing yeast called 1401, this is a new-style brewing technique that makes for a great Summery, outdoor sake, and those who cannot obtain unpasteurized sake this brew drinks very much like a Nama. WORD: Lively WINE: Fruity Reds/Lively Whites BEER: Crisp Fruity Ales FOODS: Sushi, sashimi, oysters, shellfish, Champagne fare.