Sunday, April 27, 2008

Saké Sunday: UNLVino & Pacific International Liquor

Pacific International Liquor, Inc., which was established in 1997, specializes in the import and export of Asian liquors. They had several different brands of Saké available for tasting.

The first Saké I tried was the Kurosawa "Black River" Junmai Daiginjo from the Nagano region of Japan. This was an excellent Saké, not too floral with some subtle fruit flavors and a clean, smooth taste.

Next up was the Hatsumago Shozui "First Grand Child" Junmai Daiginjo from the Yamagata region. This Saké was more full bodied, with a richer, creamier mouth feel. It had more floral than fruit flavors with plenty of complexity and a long finish.

Then I tasted the Kurosawa Junmai Kimoto from the Nagano region. A very nice Saké with good fruit and a bit of an earthy taste to it as well. Very smooth and clean taste that makes you desire more.

The final Saké I tried was the Okunomatsu Ginjo from the Fukushima region. Crisp, smooth, and clean with excellent fruit and plenty of complexity. Such great flavor that this too was another of my favorites of the tasting.


Anonymous said...


Can't get much more North Shore than MARBLEHEAD!

Shubie's Spring Winetasting Festival
Saturday May 3rd, 1 - 5 p.m.

Over 30 wines to taste.
Special discounts offered on all wines tasted.


I LOVE Shubies (also for their AWESOME gourmet food just laying about the store), and deeply regret that I will be out of town that day.

So, I pass on to you, Richard, this North Shore tip!

Anonymous said...

Also, you list Spirited Gourmet in Winchester on your Weekly Tastings, but you fail to mention Winchester Wine & Spirits (a couple of doors down) at the same time. Please add it to your list! (It makes a great 2 tastes, 1 parking spot experience).

Also, have you checked out the fine folks at Menotomy Beer & Wine in Arlington (on Broadway)? They have wine tastings on Saturday, beers on Friday.