November 2022: Recently marked down to make room for new arrivals, this Denshin Haru is no less delicious than it was on release: in fact, it has settled into itself like a rose at the end of Summer versus early Spring. The sweetness is better integrated, the umami is more poignant, and the aromatics are a little more mellow.
This sake evokes a quintessential Spring moment: the air is finally warm, you're wearing a T-shirt for the first time in months. A gentle breeze tosses cherry blossoms through the air like confetti, and they gather in comedic piles on nearby cars. You are holding a bag of rainier cherries: first of the season, sweet and cheerful, perfumed and rich. These flavors are nostalgic, stirring up a sense of childlike delight.
Soft sweetness, gentle texture, this is no aggressive nama. Juicy strawberry, rainier cherry, wisteria, honeysuckle and violet. Fresh and simply delightful.