We have two delightful selections for you this month. Both Junmai Daiginjo's using Yamada Nishiki rice. The difference? Different prefectures, water source and brewer.
Yamada Nishiki, also known as the "king of saké rice", isn't necessarily considered the "best" saké rice but it is the most widely grown. Why do brewers love it? It is larger, has less fat and protein, and more starch which is centered (known as a shimpaku, which means “white heart”) in the grain. This allows the impurities, or fat and protein, to be more easily milled away and removed from the brew. Brewers know this rice well. It dissolves during fermentation easily, but not too easily. They know how it is going to behave and there is a ton of data on this rice that make it all the more approachable.
Both of this months sake have a seimaibuai of 50%. Taste them side by side and see how different water sources, regions and brewers can influence flavor!
Don't forget that you can purchase extra bottles of your October club selections all month, for 10% off!
If you would like to utilize our contactless pick-up option for your club at Metro, please call us at 907-569-3800 [ext. 1] to coordinate. We will get your name and pull your items. To use this option, the name on the ID must match the name of the person on the club list.
Ippin Junmai Daiginjo
Hailing from the Ibaraki prefecture on Japan's eastern Pacific coast, just Northeast of Tokyo, we have Ippin Junmai Daiginjo from the Yoshikubo Brewing Company. Originally founded as a rice company in 1790, they quickly realized the delicious water of Mito was perfect for sake brewing. After 230 years of brewing sake they have mastered their craft. 12th-generation Hiroyuki Yoshikubo leads their small team of local employees. Ippin is their flagship label and they take great pride in their products. Especially the fact that they are all handmade, even down to the polishing of the rice.
This Junmai Daiginjo has a seimaibui of 50%. Aromas of ripe grapes and apple complemented by savory, almost chewy notes and a nice acidity. There is a dry earthiness that really balances this sake.
Pair with a winter stew, cured ham or any dish with lots of umami flavor. You can also enjoy this sake on it's own while cuddled up with a good book on a crisp fall evening!
Konteki Pearls of Simplicity
Higashiyama Brewery is located in the Kyoto prefecture, known as the birthplace of sake and home to Fushimi Mizu, one of Japan’s most treasured sources of soft, pure water. Konteki's culture is "based on the ideals of Zen Buddhism and "wabi-sabi," the belief that beauty within the arts should be as understated and pure as a simple strand of pearls." Famous for growing some of Japan's best quality Yamada Nishiki rice, Masayasu Tanaka, a highly respected rice farmer, grows rice for the brewery.
This Junmai Daiginjo also has a seimaibuai of 50%. You'll notice aromas of white flower, Asian pear and steamed rice. Finishing with a rich minerality. This sake is one of our favorites to sip on its own. You can also pair it with light meats, scallops and pork.