An excellent find in Kuching. Fudoh Junmai Daiginjo (50% polishing) from the 350-year-old Nabedana Brewery in Narita. Made from Sake Komachi rice, an Akita native. Gravity-pressed. 27BY, so brewed in 2016 (or 2015 by definition, but this was slapped with 2016 on the back label). Export bottling with the English write-up. According to information online, this was bottled straight post-ferment, so meant to be consumed immediately. Consider me a little skeptical when I saw this bottle in Kuching - how was the storage if this was from 16'?
Turns out it ain't bad. Just some expected signs of age in the nose and mid-palate, which expresses itself as a background umami soy sauce note. Mostly exotic (melon, peach) and floral on the nose. The palate needed a little air to tame that "sweet" and soft finish, and coax up a chalky sort-of-white-phenolic texture and some crispiness. The fruity elements were fleshy and makes it so easy to drink. Might have been better with a little less age, but can't complain with where it is right now. A refined sake that stretches just the right amount of power! — 6 days ago
Super smooth mellow ricey boozy aroma. Very smooth. A lil creamy but nice mellow ricey. Sweet(2), booxy(1).Very tasty. $20. — 5 days ago
Omakase Tetsui sake flight 2/3
Restaurant tasting notes: Fukui / Kokuryu Juneau Ginjo has the imposing presence of sakes brewed in the Noto Toji style of western Japan. Its deeply mysterious flavor seems to come from the earth itself: rich, dynamic, and welcoming — 14 days ago
Not always my favourite on the table, but always solid. Dassai's like the Penfolds of sake - producing high quality beverages at a scale that's accessible to the multitude. In 2013, Asahi Shuzo, Dassai's brewery, sold 1.14 million bottles of sake, which is peanuts compared to what Treasury does, but no mean feat in a struggling sake industry. For me, Dassai is at least large enough to have reached little ol' Kuching, and to have been one of my first encounters with a Junmai Daiginjo.
I've always found Dassai's quite rich and it's no different here. Exotic nose of melons, pineapple, candied fruits even. Palate's like a fruit punch, plush but toned back by herbaceous notes and some acidity. Clean, lengthy finish. Very approachable. The best drink on the table this time. — a month ago
Tasted at Hankyu Umeda; Junmai ginjo — 14 days ago
Omakase Tetsui sake flight 1/3
Restaurant tasting notes: Yamagata / Delicate notes of green apple on the nose; soft and melting on the palate; notes of green apple and candied sugar; finishes with a delicate acidity — 14 days ago
Special segment of Japanese Whisky. Our dear friend David only pulls these on our roommate Tom’s birthday. What you can’t see is the 12 year Yamasaki at the far right. My fav was the hibiki 12. They stopped making it and instead make a lot more of the Harmony you see all over the place. — 19 days ago