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Thursday, 11 September 2014

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Hakushika Junmai Ginjo Sake falls under the authentically traditional range of Hakushika Sakes. It is fermented for a long stretch of time under a cold climate to ensure a flavorful smooth texture. Hakushika is the most reputable brand of sake of Nishinomiya, Japan. It is widely known for the special water, known as the “miyamizu”, which is the important ingredient in making premium sake.

 

On the Hakushika Junmai Ginjo Sake bottle, it is described as “mild and with a fresh flavor, slightly dry taste and full body, this is a well-balanced sake with substantial character.”

 

In terms of nihon shudu (the sake meter) it is rated a positive 1, which denotes it being slightly dry. The rice varieties in a Hakushika Junmai Ginjo Sake include nihonbare and other domestic rice varieties, with a rice polishing rate of 60%. All this results in a 14% alcohol level.

A poured-out Hakushika Junmai Ginjo Sake is completely clear with the slightest hint of a golden tint. Following such subtlety is its mild sweetness and fruitiness. Upon closer inspection, one can detect faint yeasty notes but it is mainly aromatically sweet and almost plum-like, for some reason.

 

It is most advisable paired with fresh seafood (especially sashimi like tuna or salon), yakitori chicken, wagyu, teppenyaki, soy sauce-sautéed vegetables, and ponzu seasoned appetizers. The makers of Hakushika Junmai Ginjo Sake recommends that it can be served chilled, at room temperature or slightly warmed, depending on your climate.

 

All in all, the Hakushika Junmai Ginjo Sake is palatable to those with picky taste buds due to its mildness in its qualities. When ordering a Hakushika Junmai Ginjo Sake, look out for those with lime juice, lemon syrup or rose-flavored water as tasteful accompaniments.  

 

 

The name “Hakushika” is translated as “white deer” for its association with the historic fable of Tang Emperor Hsuan-Tsung. Known as the longest reigning empire during the 712-756 AD. The emperor found a stray but beautifully rate white dear in his palace gardens and decided to adorn it with a bronze medal indicating at it was 1000 years old. The Hakushika is thereafter a symbol of long life and prosperity. The brand, which was founded in 1662, has been part of the rich culture and history of Japan and is now one of the country’s leading sake brews. Globally, it has attracted its own fanfare who enjoy it with a variety of Japanese cuisine.

 

For more information, please visit www.hakushika.co.jp

 

 

Hakushika is distributed by Whistler Wine & Spirits Pte Ltd.

Website: www.whistler.com.sg. Tel: +65 6748 7820.

 

 

Photos: Hakushika SakePosted by Admin in Sake & Shochu on 11 Sep 2014

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