Akitabare Shunsetsu Nama Honjozo  "Spring Snow"

Akitabare Shunsetsu Nama Honjozo "Spring Snow"

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This very unique nama (unpasteurized) honjozo (alcohol added) sake reminds me of a Mosel riesling: light and ethereal, guided by floral, mineral, and lemon-lime notes. I'm reminded that it's sake by a soft, cheesecake-like, unctuous umami on the mid-palate. The finish is short and crisp, with shibumi (astringency) creating structure. Despite its light and lifted character, this sake continues to show well after 2 weeks in the fridge, although it loses some aromatics and the palate softens.

Plays beautifully with anything citrus, jalapeno, or herbal-- think of it as behaving like a gin martini. Pair with Yuzu kosho flavored savory snacks, herbed cream cheese and toasts, fennel slaw, Kachka's Herring Under a Fur Coat, or a bowl of lemony olives. 

  • Location: Akita City
  • Bottling: Mid-2022
  • Rice: Gin no Sei (Akita)
  • Polish: 65%
  • Yeast: Akita Konno No. 12 
  • Recommended serving temperature: Ice cold, lightly chilled, or warm. The brewery recommends ice cold, but unlike many other nama it also does well warm, which brings out the soft texture and nutty notes.