Masumi Junmai Ginjo Hiyaoroshi "Sleeping Beauty"
The nose on this seasonally released “Draft Sake,” has a gentle nose filled with plum, raisin, grape, cooked pear, and herbaceous aromas. Check out the new label to an old fan favorite Hiyaoroshi! This is another version of a very elegant Namazume that tastes like how it’s built – fresh and aged a little to relax the fluid and increase the richness and body. Round, smooth, rich, and light, with a quick finish that has a very nice velvety quality that feels great on the palate. Exceptionally balanced, look for rich fruit tones of raisin, cooked pear, apple pie crust, persimmon, pomegranate, cranberry, and cooked stone fruit flavors. This brew lends itself to warming as it stays soft. Warm oatmeal and breakfast flavors emerge, with a touch of rice sweetness. WORD: Balanced WINE: Rich Reds/Fat Whites BEER: Belgian Ales FOODS: Fall cooked meats and fowl, grilled fish, smoked meats and fish, soups and stews. (2020)
The nose on this fall released sake is a gentle collection of cocoa, lemon peel, oatmeal, and steamed rice aromas. Behold a very unique version of Masumi’s Hiyaoroshi that is far more complex than year’s past. Round, smooth, and a little snappy this brew is loaded with some very interesting flavors such as raisin, crisp apple, black berries, and cooked persimmon. There is a very interesting astringency that jumps between a subtle tartness and a refreshing sour quality that makes this sake drink very much like a big dry red wine. A wine glass makes this sake drink with better balance, and it drinks much more rich closer to room temperature. Warming brings out more tartness. WORD: Complex WINE: Dry reds/Crisp whites BEER: Crisp Ales FOODS: Rich fall fare, meats, game, fowl. (2019)