Ultimate Sake Tasting Notes-2-

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This time we would like to introduce three bottles that you must try while you are in Kyoto!

Key Words
Junmai: Sake made up of water, koji mold, yeast and rice which doesn’t require milling.
Honjozo: Sake made up of rice, water, koji mold, yeast and a portion of added distilled alcohol. Rice polished 30%, with 70% of each grain remaining.
Junmai Ginjo: Sake made up of water, koji mold, yeast and rice. The rice polished to 40%, with 60% of each grain remaining.
Ginjo: Sake made up of rice, water, koji mold, yeast and a portion of added distilled alcohol and the rice. Polished to 40% with 60% of each grain remaining.
Junmai Daiginjo: Sake made up of water, koji mold, yeast and rice polished to 50%.
Daiginjo: Sake made up of rice, water, koji mold, yeast and a portion of distilled alcohol, with rice polished to 50%.
Nigori: A cloudy sake variety of sake

Kotosennen

Brewery: Eikun
Category: Junmai Ginjyo
Polishing percentage: 55%
Rice: Iwai

One of the classical series [Kotosennen]. Compared with Junmai Daiginjo, this one smells not that fruity, but still can slightly feel an apple-like aroma. Tastes definitely dryer than Junmai Daiginjo. Could say it has the typical character of Junmai Ginjo.

Asahi Junmai Kotosennen

Brewery: Tsukinokatsura
Category: Junmai
Polishing percentage: 60%
Rice: Asahi No.4

My first time to try a sake made from the Asahi No.4 sake rice. This is a species of rice which is specially cultivated by farmers in Fushimi, Kyoto. Have a small sip, roll it with your tongue, imagine you are walking by a river side where lines laurel trees, in a silent cool night at an early spring. When it flows through the throat fluently, you can feel a mellow power spread to your whole stomach. What a beautiful Junmai. Like Momonoshizuku, this is also a more polished Junmai, with a higher price than the normal ones.

Tansyu Yamadanishiki

Brewery: Tomio
Category: Junmai Ginjo, unfiltered Namagenshu
Polishing percentage: 55%
Rice: Yamadanishiki

Yamadanishiki, King of sake rice! Un-filtering makes the tastes of Yamadanishiki even more obvious. Fresh smells may make you feel like you are walking in a rain forest. Although it is not diluted, alcohol content is still not so high, just 16%. The same category Junmai Ginjo as Kotosennen, but Kotosennen is more like a well-behaved lady, while Tansyu is more like an outgoing young girl who makes you want to have a date.

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