Fukui, Japan

Nabedana

Fudoh Junmai Daiginjo Sake 2016

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

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Suntory

Master's Select Japanese Harmony Hibiki Blended Whisky

Sometimes I forget how good this is. Delicate and minerally indeed @Bob McDonald — 6 days ago

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@Aaron Tan I had to go back and reread my Tasting note. It certainly was good. Just spent 10 days in Scotland and had a great visit to Glenmorangie Distillery in Tain. As per James Forsyths recent tasting note I was amazed at the different barrels their malts get matured in - from Sherry to Bourbon - even Sauternes.

Kikusui Brewing Company

Shibata-shi Junmai Ginjo Sake

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

Kokuryu

Black Dragon Junmai Ginjo Sake

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

Dassai Sake Brewery

Dassai 39 Yamadanishiki Junmai Daiginjo Sake

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

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Nishinomon

Daiginjo Sake

Tasted at Hankyu Umeda; Junmai ginjo — 14 days ago

Ouroku Shuzou

Ouroku Junmai

On the river with Maiko-san. So nice small boat trip in Osaka. — 7 days ago

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Eiko Fuji

Namazake Junmai Ginjo

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

Suntory

Hibiki 12 Year Old Blended Whisky

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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

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Yamazaki is our favorite, 12 & 18 year
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@Severn Goodwin Same - big time Yamazaki fan.

Sho Chiku Bai

Rei Junmai DaiGinjo Sake

From our local Berkeley sake distillery, light and smooth with a hint of melon sweetness — a month ago

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