Hakutsuru Superior Junmai Ginjo Sake

Photo by Tim Brown
Photo by Tim Brown

Sake, like wine produced from grapes, is the product of fermentation. Similar to traditional grape wine, it has traditions associated with tasting.

“Junmai” refers to how polished the rice used in the fermentation process is. Junmai-grade rice is regulated for other aspects of quality as well. The heart of rice grain contains the most starch, so the outer portions are milled away. It seems that, not unlike the hyper-preferential world of grape production, Japanese rice is laboriously grown for precise qualities.

Hakutsuru Superior Junmai Ginjo appears a translucent, pale yellow color when poured. Most interesting is the aroma, where hints of pear, lychee and walnut can be found. As the sake crosses the palate, the aromatic pear expresses itself as apple, grass and returns to the hint of walnut.

Learning to detect the nuances of sake can be rewarding. Hakutsuru Superior Junmai Ginjo is best paired with delicate seafood, such as shrimp or sashimi, and
soy-based dishes.


Drink: Hakutsuru Superior Junmai Ginjo
ABV: 14.5%
Company: Hakutsuru