Tsukasabotan Senchu Hassaku "Reika"
The nose on this wonderful summer seasonal “blue” brew is a chill collection of pear, grape, strawberry, rice, and floral aromas. This is the sister sake to one of the most popular dry sake in the store, but it’s the unpasteurized version, which basically means it’s a must to try side by side. It’s not often that you get to compare two of the same brews. This dry Kochi-like sake is a must for those who like dry unpasteurized sake. Dry, crisp, tight, compact, and clean this cool cat is like liquid dryness. Huh? Dry water? Really? You bet, but don’t forget to look for subtle flavors such as apple, pear, dried trail mix fruit, and young mango in a flinty fluid rush. There is a touch of astringency “shibumi” that appeals to tannin lovers with an overall excellent dry quality that starts and finishes almost exactly the same. WORD: Dry WINE: Dry Tannin Reds/Crisp Mineral Whites BEER: Crisp Ales FOOD: Salty and savory grilled things from meat and fish to veggies and shellfish. (2021)