Saturday, February 21, 2009

*** $$$ Toyo Bijin "Asian Beauty" Okarakuchi Junmai Ginjo Sake, Yamaguchi, Japan - Review and Rating

Review: The Toyo Bijin "Asian Beauty" Okarakuchi Junmai Ginjo sake from the Yamaguchi area of Japan has had 55 percent of the rice polished away prior to its fermentation. That puts this in the Junmai Ginjo category, and makes it more expensive than your "house" brand sake.

That degree of polishing should yield a clean, crisp flavor. Let's see what we find on tasting...

Color is completely clear. On the nose, you notice an interesting - though odd - sweet old dish rag smell. Not foul, but not completely sanitary in its style either.

On the palate, yes, there it is again - a touch of a wash rag, cleaned away with sweetness and a sort-of pea-like aroma. Interesting.

The finish is light, sweet and long. This receives three stars out of five on the Spirit of Wine scale, because it does make me curious for another encounter sometime in the future. Not a great value, though, at the premium price.

Find Junmai Ginjo at WineZap.

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