Oze no Yukidoke Junmai Daiginjo Hiyaoroshi

Oze no Yukidoke Junmai Daiginjo Hiyaoroshi

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The ultra-soft, lightly sweet one of the 2022 hiyaoroshi bunch. With notes of rice pudding, frosted carrot cake, palm sugar, candy corn and peaches in syrup, Oze Hiyaoroshi is a reflection of Summers past. This is a nostalgic sort of sweetness: not forward, but haunting. Not aggressive, but subtle. 

I truly enjoyed this sake with a persimmon pudding dessert, as well as a cheese plate with preserved apricots. But it's also so soft, and so gently balanced, that I think anyone would appreciate its charms gently chilled in a wine glass.

Stats:

  • Brewery: Ryujin Shuzo
  • Prefecture: Gunma
  • Classification: Junmai Daiginjo Namazume
  • Rice variety: Yamadanishiki
  • Polishing: 50%
  • Yeast: #10 
  • Brewing method: Sokujo
  • SMV: 0
  • Acidity: 1.5
  • Amino acids: 11
  • Alcohol: 15%

About:
Ryujin Shuzo maintains an intense focus on quality, with high average experience level of brewery staff, and two toji (brewmasters) among a total of 6 employees. Why? The soft water of Oze National Park in Gunma prefecture. This soft water is suited to meticulously-crafted tsuki-haze koji and cold temperature fermentation, pushing the brewery toward delicate styles like junmai daiginjo. This is  atypical for hiyaoroshi, but accurately reflects Ryujin Shuzo's locality, and provides a welcome contrast to the rustic styles more typical of this season.