So…there are a couple of ways to become a sake expert; one is to study hard and become a sommelier, and the other is to drink A LOT of sake. I’ll let you speculate as to the route I chose. Okay, full disclosure, I’m still no expert in spite of having consumed A LOT of sake (I blame the hospitality of the entire nation of Japan), but I do know what stands out and this one does. If I were a sommelier I would tell you about all the hints of fruits and vegetables it contains, but since I’m not, I’ll tell you that it’s dry, light tasting, and if you like Sauvignon Blanc, you might like this. Bonus fact: it comes in this giant bottle. It also comes in a smaller bottle, which oddly, is a completely different color (blue), but who wants a SMALLER bottle of sake? Not this guy.
It’s a Junmai Dai Ginjo (translation-extra rice polishing-and get your mind out of the gutter, that means what it says), so it’s not cheap, but if you want to impress your friends and/or date, work a little extra overtime (something I am familiar with). The company (Hakutsuru), is the biggest seller in Japan so this isn’t exactly a micro-distillery find, but it is their top-shelf product. (They go all the way down to cooking-sake caliber, so don’t let the crane mark alone fool you). If you try it (or have tried it) let me know what you think on my Facebook page (or preferrably my Facebook author’s page because that’s an extra click.) 😉
I bought the sake bottle in the middle is from a mom-and-pop craftsman in the Tosa region of Kyushu, so I’m not solely a big corporation shill.