Chiyomusubi "Nezumi Otoko" Junmai Ginjo Cup

Chiyomusubi "Nezumi Otoko" Junmai Ginjo Cup

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I absolutely love one-cup sake, but I also acknowledge its limitations. It's not always practical to bottle your best brews in adorable little single-serving formats, especially not when convenience and affordability are main draw of one-cups in Japan. 

With that said, Chiyomusubi Nezumi Otoko Junmai Ginjo is an excellent sake on its own merits. Its sibling cups-- Oyaji and Kitaro - are equally good. It's a bodacious, generous fruity junmai ginjo with ripe honeydew melon, apple pudding, and just-ripe banana, balanced by food-friendly acidity and an umami fullness. What do I mean by that? I mean it's satisfying in a difficult-to-articulate way. It's more nourishing and fuller than wine. It behaves like salt with food, too: enhancing savory flavors and mellowing bitterness out. 

All in all, this is a really good junmai ginjo, distinctive for its umami/fruit balance, and I recommend it to anyone who likes Joto The Pink One, Chiyonosono Sacred Power, or Yuki no Bosha Cabin in the Snow. Or more broadly, anyone at all!