Ooh, my favorite!

Kurosawa Junmai Kimoto Sake
January 23, 2013, 10:29 am
Filed under: Drinks

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Yes, it’s true. This is not a sparkling wine post. On a trip to Uwajimaya, on an innocent turn down the sake isle we decided to branch out and play with something new. But let me just say that drinking sake is nothing like drinking bubbly. Or maybe I should say that the pace in which one drinks bubbly should not be the pace that one drinks sake. I found this out the hard way and ended up going to bed at 8:30…on a Saturday. I was, however, able to salvage our night by getting up again at 10:30 and enjoying a lovely dinner with Andrew.

I blame the fact that like those first two glasses of bubbly, this Kurosawa sake was especially easy to drink and is the perfect intro to sake (and I am admittedly in the intro camp). It comes from the Nagano prefecture and means black river. It is brewed using the kimoto method which is considered rare even by Japanese standards as the hands-on method requires a meticulous eye and process.

The Kurosawa has a perfectly smooth texture and viscosity (not syrupy!), and a quality and taste like cocoa butter. In the most complimentary way possible it smells of tootsie rolls, and the finish tastes of toasted coconut, banana, and a hint of chrysanthemum. Surprisingly no fruit notes. Even with all of these tastes of sweet it is quite dry. I prefer my sake chilled, but many prefer this just reaching room temp.

Kurosawa Sake, $20 online here or at Uwajimaya in Seattle.

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Ohh (my favorite)..the sake aisle at Uwajimaya. How I took this gem for granted. I’ll have to try this. I’ve recently seen this one around the shops here in New England and also some of the sushi restaurants http://shop.sakeone.com/product/Momokawa-Diamond. Its brewed in Oregon! I found the Pearl to be a bit to sweet for my taste. Maybe I tasted it at the wrong temp. Temp seems to make all the difference with sake.

Comment by Rebecca Dean

I’ve been looking for this around here, but I think I’m going to just buy one online. I’m really excited to try it. It’s so true though, temperature is everything…I just always like mine cold. I need to branch out though.

Comment by Natira

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