Tenbu Junmai Daiginjo
The nose on this premium brew is a very cool collection of pear, pineapple, daikon, lychee, mango, raspberry, cut grasses, vanilla, and sweet rice aromas. When a brewery goes from just starting to make sake (in a prefecture that isn’t known for making nihonshu) to household name, you know they are doing something right. This fantastic Daiginjo is no exception as it drinks light, clean, bright, tingly, with a hint of effervescence and a crisp off-dry finish. Look for Asian pear, young strawberry, melon, cranberry, sweet white bread, mochi, grape, and mint flavors on a wine-drinker’s tannin-like dry flow that is crisp and clean. Kagoshima sake at its finest. WORD: Crisp WINE: Tight Reds/Crisp Whites BEER: Crisp Ales FOODS: Sushi, sashimi, crab, shrimp, grilled fish, fruit and cheese plates.