Thursday, August 20, 2009

Kamoshibito Kuheiji Junmai Ginjo

I recently opened another Saké from my dwindling supply of those I purchased from Sakaya in New York City. My streak continues, as this was another very enjoyable Saké and one I would recommend it.

This is also the second Saké from this producer that I have tasted. The first was the Kamoshibito Kuheiji Daiginjo, and you can check out that post for more information about it and the brewery.

The Kamoshibito Kuheiji Junmai Ginjo ($38.99-720 ml) is made in the Chubu region of Aichi Prefecture. This Saké is made with Yamada Nishiki rice which has been polished to 55%. It has an alcohol content of 16-17% and a Saké Meter Value of +0, meaning it tends to be slightly sweeter than dry. Though I note that another Saké store stated this had a Saké Meter Value of +2, making it neutral.

The nose of Saké was compelling, offering cherry and red fruit flavor scents which is not what you might expect from a Saké, which is made from rice. It had a medium-body, with rich, bright berry flavors reminding me more of a light red wine or rose. It was smooth and pleasant, a very different Saké from many others with its red fruit taste, reflective of its bright red label. This might be a very good choice to introduce a newcomer to Saké, especially as it seems far more wine-like in its taste. It might also be a good introduction to the myriad, diverse flavors that can be found in Saké.

Now I need to make a trek to NYC to replenish my Saké stash!


Ashley Lauren said...

I'm looking for that here in San Diego. Three stores now and no luck.

Richard Auffrey said...

You could order it from True Sake ( in San Francisco.

Tokyofoodcast said...

I always enjoy your blog and I could not help myself commenting here. I love both Kuheiji and Sakaya NYC! It's such a nice sake boutique with great selection and information.