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.