Amabuki Junmai Ginjo Ichigo Sake
From the innovative Amabuki Brewery in Saga Prefecture comes a sake that pushes the boundaries of traditional brewing while respecting its roots. The Amabuki Junmai Ginjo Ichigo Sake is not just any sake – it’s fermented using yeast derived from strawberries, specifically the 'Ichigo' variety. This unique approach adds a fresh twist to the Junmai Ginjo grade, intertwining the purity of the rice with delicate fruit nuances.
Nose: The aroma is enchanting and unmistakably fragrant. There's a delicate sweetness reminiscent of fresh strawberries, accompanied by soft floral notes and a hint of creamy rice.
Palate: Taking a sip, the strawberry yeast's influence is evident but not overpowering. The palate is introduced to a subtle fruitiness – think strawberry-infused cream, but with the characteristic umami of sake. There's also a touch of melon and peach, giving it depth and complexity. The texture is smooth, with a gentle acidity that ensures a balanced taste.
Finish: The finish is clean and slightly lingering. While the fruity notes gradually fade, a pleasant rice-driven sweetness remains, leaving the palate refreshed and eager for the next sip.
Amabuki's Junmai Ginjo Ichigo Sake is versatile and can be paired with a range of dishes. Traditional Japanese foods like sushi, particularly those with a hint of sweetness like eel or shrimp, enhance the sake’s fruitiness. Light salads with berries or citrusy vinaigrettes are also a delightful pairing. Venturing into the realm of desserts, consider pairing with strawberry shortcake or a light panna cotta. For a contrasting experience, rich blue cheeses or even salty snacks can highlight the sake's sweet and umami balance.