Nihonshu

Tengumai

50 Yamadanishiki Junmai Daiginjo Sake

Quite muted at the start, with an accentuated soya sauce and overripe banana characters. The alcohol was also noticeable. I think it was probably served too cold and also needed some aeration because the saké really took a turn for the better in the last third of the bottle.

Quite a fine nihonshu. Nice balance of fruit (pear, apple, banana), umami (soy), and acidity. I think it may be style of the brewery, but it definitely has this light aldehedic notes (hazelnut, almond). There's an intriguing herbaceous undertone, that I think wasn't given a chance to develop. Finish felt short. Good texture once it opened up (white phenolic, sappy).

To be frank, I much prefer their more extreme Yamahai. Not a big fan of it either, but I don't particularly fancy the sort of "half-way" oxidative notes here. Seems distracting here, treading on un-balanced. Again, nit-picking.

NB: Could well be a faulty bottle, but notes online seems to indicate otherwise. The colour was impeccable (so bright and clear). I think it's just a preference thing.
— 2 years ago

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Tatenokawa

Phoenix Junmai Daiginjo Sake

It isn't everyday that celebrity endorsement yields something this good. My first Tatenokawa and gosh... this has really gotten me interested in the brewery. Supposedly a "playful" junmai daiginjo for them, but it's really pulling off some intense complexity here. I can only imagine what their more serious bottlings entail. Damn!

Melon, fresh herbs, citrus, white flowers, yeasty notes, pebbly minerality, textured, somewhat sappy, delicate sweetness, refreshing acidity, long finish. Really elegant nihonshu here. Cool booze. Also glad that one of my favourite band's got great taste ❤️
— 3 years ago

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Takahashi Shuzo

Shiro Kinjo Shochu Rice

Light. Floral and vanilla. Slightly oaky. Like whiskey with nihonshu. — 6 years ago

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