Sougen Junmai "Pride of Samurai"
The nose on this "essential" Junmai brew is filled with steamed rice, cereal, caramel corn, cocoa, and creamy elements. Sougen is a sake drinker's sake. It quintessentially captures the Junmai experience with incredible balance for all of the creamy, savory, cocoa, and ricey flavors. A dry brew with a juicy smooth feeling that hides a peek-a-boo hint of sweet brown sugar elements. The plump acidity level speaks to red wine tannin geeks. And the wide body and juicy feeling speaks to those who like a well-balanced and flavorful sake that doesn't forget its rice roots. WORD: Smooth WINE: Pinot Noir/ Dry Chardonnay BEER: Belgian Ales FOODS: Oily and salty fare, rich sauces, grilled meats, cooked fish.