The “grades” of sake have to do with the polishing ratio of the rice, but not necessarily the taste. Case in point: this honjozo. Some might think that honjozo — with its added alcohol — is an “inferior” classification. Well, think again. This has lovely hazelnut, cocoa, white pepper and spring flower aromas combined with creamy/minty notes. On the palate, cream of wheat cereal, cooked rice and herbal flavours finish with a satisfying touch of bitterness.