Admittedly, I’m still a bit of a newbie when it comes to sake. However, I’ve tasted 3 samples over the past little while that have convinced me that the high-end stuff is not only worth serious consideration, but that when it comes to sake, you really do get what you pay for. This number from Shata Shuzo displays intriguing aromas of subtle vanilla, mineral, pear, pumpkin seed, sea breeze, mushroom and earth. Flavours lean toward fruity/earthy, with hints of almond and brine. Round and silky, with a refreshing balance of acidity and mild bitterness.
Fresh, clean, forward and mildly fruity/floral aromas with hints of marzipan, candied almond, banana, a dash of pepper and subtle, earthy/mineral nuances. Creamy on the palate, with bright acidity and some suggestions of tropical fruit. The finish is surprisingly long, with a peppery, even slightly spritzy end notes. Leave your sake bias at the door and try this stuff!