Fresh notes of underripe green melon, cucumber, fennel, minerality, lilac and violet greet your palate at first. But as you sit with this sake a while, richer notes of watermelon, fresh apple, and kombu dashi flow in.
This is a very precise and complex Junmai Muroka Genshu. It's surprisingly light and extremely well balanced: a beautiful dance between fruit and umami.
- Location: Yamaguchi Prefecture
- Polish: 60%
- Rice: Yamadanishiki (local, organic)
- Starter: sokujo
- Recommended temp: refrigerator cold to room temp
The label is an homage to the local migrating hooded crane populations. When the cranes, which are the official bird of Yamaguchi prefecture, stopped wintering at the brewery and its neighboring rice fields a few years ago, the owner knew he had to make changes to promote a healthier ecosystem. Switching to pesticide-free agriculture saw a return of the cranes, and Yamagata Honten committed to making this change permanent. The brewery now uses only pesticide-free and organic local rice, and donates a portion of their proceeds to hooded crane conservation. The pattern within the crane is inspired by the region as well: the terroir that comprises Yamagata Honten, namely sea, mountain, light, rain and rice.