Toyonoaki Junmai "Karakuchi Kingoro"
The nose on this dry guy from Shimane has an interesting collection of steamed rice, crushed leaves, rice crackers, and banana bread aromas. Ok, so you want a brew that drinks like its label? Take a look at this dude. That’s the owner of the brewery and his wit is dry and that’s how this sake rolls. Dry, compact, light, and very quaffable this is one of those bottles that gets emptied way too quickly. It’s ricey for sure, but there is this hidden vein of sweetness that sneaks around the umami character. Look for steamed rice, rice cracker, Asian pear, powder sugar, simple syrup, and doughnut flavors with a hint of banana bread and a tantalizing “shibumi.” WORD: Dry WINE: Dry Reds/Tight Whites BEER: Dry Ales. FOODS: Izakaya, Pub, and Yakitori fare with salty, greasy, and savory flavors.