Friday, January 1, 2010

Shiraume (sake or umeshu), Japan - Tasting

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By way of background:This is a bit of a mystery tasting.  This "Shiraume", given us by friends from Japan, is likely either a sake or a umeshu (rice or plum wine).  It is a beautiful label and bottling, but contains no English beyond the "Shiraume" designation. 

In the glass: "Shiraume" shows as almost clear in the glass, with just the slightest hint of vanilla.

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled vigorously, Shiraume punches out bold and funky aromas of yeast, fresh rubber balloons and a bit of a junkyard undertow.  

On the palate: The first element on the palate is a full-on, just lightly sweet mid-tongue assault with the fresh balloons.  The sweet yeast then flows across your tongue, with very light peppery pops of acid.

And the finish: Shiraume finishes with a wave of alcohol heat, then a mellow glow deep in your esophogus. 

In summary: Overall, distinctive, layered, funky - though still pleasant - experience.  Now tell me what this is?!!

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