Kenbishi Kuromatsu Honjozo "Black Pine"
The nose on this extremely famous Honjozo from the brewery that calls itself “The Oldest Brand Since 1505” is a dynamic collection of steamed rice, cocoa, maple syrup, and nougat aromas. Their distinctive labels show a sword tip coming right at you, just like the deep, rich, and full-bodied flavors coming right at your palate. This brew is dense, thick, and feels great. Look for savory and sweet rice flavors that flow on a fat liquid that is excellent for warming. Dig deep and you'll find a layer of cocoa tones. Dig even deeper and you will happen upon a cream brûlée flavor that is out of this world. Truly one of the classic Honjozos that every sake explorer should try at some point. WORD: Rich WINE: Deep Reds/Fat Whites BEER: Stouts FOODS: Perfect for pub food salty and savory and greasy, also soup and stews when warmed.