Gifu, Japan

Kuheiji

Eau du Désir Yamada Nishiki Junmai Ginjo Sake 2019

I'm always so impressed with the saké scene in Malaysia. This is a bottle that I'd be hard-pressed to find listed in any Australian restaurant, and if any at all, none for a fair price I bet. Clearly great things are happening behind the scenes here, with Kuheiji's Eau Du Désir popping up on the shelves of my local grocery (I don't exactly live in the epicenter of Malaysia).

Straight out of the bottle, you get the impression that Kuheiji has just bottled a fresh unadulterated ferment. That tingly sensation of CO2 on the nose, before it gets hit by ester-heavy ferment aromas, with the light spritz on the palate, and zestiness in the finish - gosh, it really feels like a ferment. It's just so fresh and lively, as it should be with each vintage of the Eau Du Désir. Air brings more clarity to the flavors of juicy melons, apples, and interestingly, guava. There's a sweet almost malty-core here, which is balanced out by the crisp slightly-bitter finish. So easy to drink!
— a month ago

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Nihon-Izumi Brewery Co

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Good nama! Dry, viscous, a little woody in flavor. But from Kuraichi at Industry City. — 3 days ago

Tozai

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Easy drinking, smooth and creamy. I don’t usually drink Saki but I could easily sip this any evening. — 11 days ago

Funasaka Brewery

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Dry, a little nutty, and very delicious — 25 days ago

Conner Massey
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Umenoyado Brewery

Suzu 2020

Fresh, crisp, and moreish. Missus was certainly smitten. Up there with her favourite yuzushu from Heiwa Shuzo. — 2 months ago

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Hitomi Winery

DELAOlé Delaware 2020

ヒトミワイナリー デラオレンジ
デラウェアの甘美な香りがすごい。
メロン、桜桃などの甘い果実。ホワイトペッパーもあるし、ハーブも。じわじわな旨味にまとまりのある酸。
重奏感もあるし、生命力を感じるワイン。
— 7 days ago

Nikka Whisky Distilling Company

Coffey Grain Whisky

Still, still, still one of my very favorite whiskys!!! — 3 days ago

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Toko

Toko Retsu Junmai Daiginjo

Another surprising find on the shelves of our local grocery store! The Retsu is a limited bottling by Toko brewery, where their "basic" karakuchi (dry) junmai daiginjo gets aged in ice-cold temperatures for a year. An excellent subject of difference when drank with the Kuheiji Eau Du Desir (both Yamadanishiki too). While the Kuheiji dances on the palate with its untamed liveliness, the Toko glides confidently with density and texture. The flavours aren't as diverse (also less bitter and sweet), but there's an intriguing sweet and nutty flavor that reminds me of Swiss cheese, enveloping the melon and herb notes. Finishes crisp, dry, and weighty. Positively delicious, and in no way inferior to the Kuheiji for me. — 10 days ago

Ceccherini, Severn and 7 others liked this

Ise Kadoya

Neko Nihiki New England IPA

Neko Nihiki. Two cats! Nyao nyao!! Delicious 🐈🐈 — 6 days ago

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Choya

Classic Umeshu Liqueur

This plum wine is so sweet and fruity, bursting with plum flavor. It’s almost mead like. A lovely dessert wine. — 11 days ago

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