Suigei Tokubetsu Junmai "Drunken Whale"
This Tokubetsu Junmai is said to be brewed for whales that reside off of the Pacific coast of Kochi. The nose is a collection of rose, wood, and grape scents. The brewery advertises that this Junmai is "for the serious sake drinker" and we agree. It is very dry throughout the mouth and ends in a "he-man" sort of finish. Nevertheless there is a strong presence of fennel and hops and this is underscored by an unripe strawberry vein. It is extremely clean in viscosity and texture and flavorful enough to drink all night! WORD: Hops WINE: Dry Whites/Strong Reds BEER: Hoppy Ales/Pilsners FOODS: Vegetable tempura, albacore sashimi, salads with ginger-soy dressings.