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.
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