Compared to the beastmode Yamadanishiki Gold Label, Hanafubuki (a table rice) is more delicate, with notes of dried flowers, sandalwood, and brown rice on the nose.
Palate is very Kidoizumi...much more expressive in the mouth than the nose! A dance party! But so much prettier than their Yamadanishiki! Hanafubuki is Lisa Frank as a sake: a pretty, dancing rainbow unicorn.
Notes of Fuji apple, cherry blossom, candycap mushroom, wildflower honey, rainier cherry, cognac, Hawaiian punch (fruit punch!), Italian plum jam.
Pink was absolutely the right color for this one. Well done, Kidoizumi.
- Brewery: Kidoizumi Shuzo
- Prefecture: Chiba
- Rice: Hanafubuki (organic)
- Polishing: 60%
- Grade: Junmai Ginjo Muroka Nama Genshu
- Starter: proprietary Hot Yamahai method
- Water: hard
- ABV: 18.7%
Follow the usual advice for Junmai Ginjo and look to dishes with a juicy, fruit element, like pork with rhubarb sauce or apple compote, Vada pav with a hefty dollop of fruit chutney, fresh cherry, goat cheese and green pea, Calamansi chicken, scallop crudo with mint and pomelo, a classic citrus-marinated carnitas taco...