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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 starts strong and then mellows out. It tastes a bit like a lightly sweetened herbal tea, a melon and mint salad, or a bit of fresh licorice, 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. 

Anyone who knows their nigori and who reviews my selections here, will be able to tell that I have particular tastes in nigori. I tend to like my nigori serious, food friendly, dry and complex. If all you've had are sweet, fruity nigori, this will be a total 180 and, I hope, a welcome one. 

Shichi Hon Yari is a close cousin of Rihaku Dreamy Clouds, soul sisters you might say, in that they are both complex, dry, and herbal. If you like one, definitely give the other a try as well.