Rihaku Omachi Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu "Origin of Purity"
The nose on this freshly released seasonal unpasteurized sake is a cool collection of mineral, burnt sugar, earthy, nutty, fireplace, and butterscotch aromas. Made with Omachi brewing rice, this brew is a big ol’ adventure in a rich and full-bodied sake that speaks to those who like their brews bold, ricey, and impressive. Hearty red wine drinkers take note of the large, brash, rich, and vast feelings and flavors in this brew that drinks friendly and tasty. Look for cooked apples, tangerine, tart berries, dark chocolate covered almonds, zesty peach, and sea salt flavors that are bright and lively on the 17% ABV undiluted “genshu” flow with a big mineral finish. There is so much going on that each sip is like a jubilant circus, and each swallow is like turning another page in your favorite book. WORD: Full-Bodied WINE: Deep Reds/Full Whites BEER: Stouts FOODS: The Kitchen Sink! Works well with international spice, street food, and American sushi. (2022)
The nose on this seasonally released “Nama” or unpasteurized brew has a rich collection of berry, cherry, pear, apple, citrus, and steamed rice aromas. They say it’s good to be king, but it’s also good to be rich, and this fabulous Nama Genshu, “undiluted” sake, is liquid rich. Round, smooth, velvety, and full-bodied this brew feels right at home in the palate. Using the very tasty Omachi brewing rice, varietal milled to 55%, look for juicy hints of pear, fruit compote, and warm apple pie with flaky crust flavors. The brew is chewy but not gooey, and the rich fruit, rice, and umami tones come forth as the fluid warms in the glass. A very special and rich Nama that should not be missed. WORD: Rich WINE: Deep Reds/Complex Whites BEER: Creamy Belgians FOODS: Grilled and fried pub fare, meats, fowl, and game. (2021)