Kojimaya Cedar Barrel Aged "Untitled"
The nose on this one of a kind sake that is made in one of the oldest breweries in Japan is a slick collection of ash, apple, cedar, candy, citrus, lemon custard, and smoky aromas. Talk about a unique sake. This brew is so unique that it doesn't have a name, but it does have a proprietary brewing style that they call the “Four Step” method that includes brewing old-school Junmai sake in a new way, adding Kijoshu, and aging it in Cedar to make a liquid wonder that creates a totally new sensation in the sake world. Sweet but light! How do they do that? This brew should drink fat and gooey, but no way! At 13% alc it drinks smooth, light, and fluffy. With a little effervescence and some spritzy-light qualities this sake stands alone, because it is buoyant and easy. Look for green apple, cinnamon, orange slice, lemon taffy, mineral, and sweet rice flavors void of cedar or woody notes, which is pretty damn cool. Just like this sake! Tingly, balanced, and so fluffy light this clean brew is truly a work of wonder. WORD: Trend Setter WINE: Zesty Reds/Citrus Whites BEER: Citrus Ales FOODS: Oysters, salads, light cheeses, shellfish.