Shichi Hon Yari Junmai Ginjo Nigori Winter Warrior

Shichi Hon Yari Junmai Ginjo Nigori Winter Warrior

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Shichi Hon Yari is made at Tomita Shuzo, a very, very old brewery (1540!) with a truly unique style. If there's one thing that aligns all Shichi Hon Yari sake, it's a dry, lean, mineral quality-- even so for the nigori, which is very unusual. 

The aroma on Winter Warrior nigori is muted, quiet-- gin, juniper, pine or hops, a light melon sweetness, like the sweetness of early-season melons that aren't quite at their sweetest yet, and a strong line of minerality: spring water, dissolved minerals, steel, forest streams. 

For such a quiet aroma, you may not expect the intensity of the palate, which punches forward with tart creme fraiche, herbal tea, melon and mint salad, and Mike and Ike's. There's a compelling sort of romaine lettuce bitterness and an astringent mineral-bitter note such as witch hazel. Gentle umami, and the texture of the nigori (rice particulate) provides  background fullness, like the satisfying oomph of kombu dashi or a very fresh seaweed salad.