Kidoizumi Junmai Muroka Nama Genshu Yamahai Yamadanishiki Gold Label

Kidoizumi Junmai Muroka Nama Genshu Yamahai Yamadanishiki Gold Label

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A concentrated extract of a sake...
Notes of salted goat caramel, roasted sweet potato with butter, burnt sugar, miso, mitarashi dango, mirin and sweet shoyu, Chinese black vinegar, 'nilla wafers, sea salt, fig jam, membrillo, dried shiitake mushroom, milk chocolate...

This is a full-bodied yamahai (slow-brew) sake with a muscular, broad mouthfeel and high intensity of flavor. Minerality, astringency, and high acidity help balance the  sweetness and umami, which might otherwise threaten to overwhem. 

The truth is, this sake came to market about a year ago and I wasn't feeling it. There was this plastic, chlorinated note that sometimes affects namazake and in this case it was really strong. So I ignored the import and a few weeks ago, needed some new namazake so I asked if the distirbutor would open a bottle. Wow! What an incredible difference. With a bit of time, it's rested and ready to party.

Brewery: Kidoizumi Shuzo
Prefecture: Chiba
Rice: Yamadanishiki (Saitama)
Polishing: 60%
Grade: Junmai Ginjo Muroka Nama Genshu
Starter: proprietary Hot Yamahai method
Water: hard
ABV: 18%

Good gravy, this is a beast that needs something equally powerful to pair!
Cured meats (especially pork), pizza, demi glace, blue and aged cheese, tarragon and nettle's very difficult to draw comparisons, but if I were to hazard a recommendation, look to tokaj szamorodni for inspiration.