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Ohyama Hiyaoroshi Tokubetsu Junmai Namazume


The nose on this seasonally released single-pasteurized “Fall Draft” sake is a wonderful collection of melon, cream, strawberry, banana, orange, yuzu, and herbal aromas. A True Sake Team favorite, this fall this Hiyaoroshi is a really interesting brew that is juicy, smooth, and happy with a dancing acidity play that brings forth a lot of Fall smiles. Look for melon, citrus, lemon custard, sweet rice, and strawberry flavors with a fun herbal finish. Round, soft, and juicy there is a really cool slickness that makes the fluid glide through the palate, and there is a very noticeable umami push that is a great learning point for the umami challenged. WORD: Slippery WINE: Soft reds/Gentle whites BEER: Creamy Ales FOODS: Sushi, sashimi, crab, lobster, oysters, grilled fish, fruit plates. (2021)

The nose on this very limited fall draft sake is a mild collection of steamed wood, cooked cherries, and melon aromas. My first two comments when doing this review were “smooth and different!” I love that because I love sakes that are different and good. This is a very unique Hiyaoroshi sake, because it has such an interesting flavor spectrum from quince and blackberry to an amazing glimpse of persimmon. Yup! I typed that. Persimmon! It is sweet, but not too sweet. Round, semi-chewy and rich but it drinks light and confident. There is a very comfortable feeling in the palate like wearing a warm sweater on a cold day. A great exploration sake that has a very unique sweetness and a subtle anise tail. WORD: Persimmon WINE: Sweet reds/Full Whites BEER: Smooth Belgians FOODS: Rich and savory fall flavors with fowl, game, and fatty fish. (2018)