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Rihaku Junmai Ginjo Wandering Poet
Rihaku Junmai Ginjo Wandering Poet
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Rihaku Junmai Ginjo Wandering Poet

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Like Rihaku's nigori, Wandering Poet is dry, crisp, and very serious. Aromatics are gentle... a bit of white pepper, jasmine, and grapefruit. The palate, too, is subtle, but also vexingly complex-- I found myself trying to identify a wide range of notes, although the volume on each is only turned up halfway-- a deliberate move by the toji, so that the sake would not be obnoxious. 

White pepper, jasmine, tangerine, kumquat, orange flower water, pear cider, noyaux, and halvah, finishing with an intensely perfumey floral character, even grassy, like eating a bouquet and a tangerine wedge. On the finish, sasparilla, white and pink pepper, and a vivid mineral tone-- river rock. Witch hazel.

Dry- very dry, for sake. But still gorgeously balanced, the dryness doesn't feel jarring or out of place. Very crisp and refreshing indeed!

This is a great aperitif sake, particularly if you're not in the mood for the ostentatious fruity styles that fill the room. The bright, crisp quality will make a refreshing foil for big food (such as Indian curries, Thai, Szechuan, pizza), while its nuances will be more noticeable with subtle food (sushi, roasted or poached fish, vegetable soups, tea sandwiches). As is often the case with subtle sake, consider playing around with bitter vegetables, which tend to unlock really cool and unexpected pairing interactions. Maybe a chicory salad, roasted chicories, or char-grilled broccolini.