Mantensei Junmai Ginjo "Kinoko"
The nose on this very unique "crafted" sake is a warm collection of chocolate, mushroom, cedar, earthy, musky, caramel, and savory aromas. This is a concept sake and built to work that way. The owner of this brewery loves mushrooms and he set about to make a shroom-centric brew that would pair well with anything fungi. Behold a smooth, round, and rich sake that surprisingly drinks incredibly light for all the savory and earthy flavors. It has a body, but it also has a glide that slips through the pallet ushering a smorgasbord of flavors such as dashi, cooked mushrooms, cinnamon, grilled lemon, mineral water, and powdered cocoa with a bucket full of umami and a mild burnt rice finish. Red wine drinkers would love this brew for the fresh acidity play, the gentle savoriness, and tannin-like dryness. If mushrooms are your thing in the kitchen then this brew screams pair me. WORD: Savory WINE: Deep Reds/Rich Whites BEER: Stouts FOODS: Mushroom-based anything, meats, game, pastas, grilled chicken, quail, and duck.