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Hakugyokko "Fragrant Jewel" Nama Yamahai Junmai Muroka Genshu

$ 50

Hailing from the esteemed Hakugyokko Brewery, the "Fragrant Jewel" is a sake steeped in heritage and craftsmanship. As a Nama Yamahai Junmai Muroka Genshu, this sake undergoes unique brewing processes:

"Nama" signifies that it's unpasteurized, preserving the lively, fresh flavors.

"Yamahai" is a traditional method of cultivating yeast, resulting in a deeper, more complex flavor profile.
"Junmai" means it's made without added alcohol, showcasing the rice's pure flavor.
"Muroka" indicates that it's non-charcoal filtered, retaining its original color and depth.
"Genshu" means it's undiluted, giving it a robust alcohol content and richer taste.

This culmination of techniques presents a sake that truly captures the essence of traditional brewing, making it a "Fragrant Jewel" in the world of sake.

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Nose: The aroma of the "Fragrant Jewel" is both robust and delicate. Initial wafts offer notes of ripe banana, dried figs, and a touch of earthy mushroom. As it unfolds, there's a hint of caramel and toasted nuts, evoking a sense of warmth.

Palate: The palate reveals a world of flavors. From the sweet notes of candied fruits and honey to the earthy undertones of forest floor and umami-rich steamed rice, the experience is multi-layered. Despite its boldness, there's a refined acidity that brings balance and elegance to the palate.

Finish: This sake concludes with a lingering finish. The initial sweetness slowly fades, making way for a warm, slightly spicy, and deeply satisfying endnote, reminiscent of toasted barley and chestnuts.

Hakugyokko's "Fragrant Jewel" shines when paired with hearty dishes. Traditional Japanese dishes like miso-marinated grilled fish or richly flavored stews harmonize beautifully with its robust profile. For a more international touch, consider roasted lamb or beef dishes with umami-rich sauces, or even creamy pasta dishes with mushrooms. Those seeking contrast can turn to aged cheeses, where the saltiness and the sake's sweet undertones can play in a delightful dance on the palate.