Among sake nerds, Sublime Beauty is a bit of a calling card. Sake Boss used it for his first ever youtube sake review-- which I'm sure took some thought, like if I want to lure people new to sake in, really blow their minds, what should I recommend? As a hook, he calls it the Cardi B of sake-- and in a way it totally is. Big, even ostentatious, glamorous, but also elegant, clever, and genre-redefining. Flips sake traditionalists on their heads and is like, HEY! I'm here, don't fear, I'm Sublime Beauty.
This sake has crazy high umami, high intensity, high complexity, and evolves dramatically over time. If you're interested in dabbling in long-aged namazake, pick up an isshobin (1.8L) and store it away in some far-off corner of your closet. Personally, I have 3 2019's above my kitchen cabinets. It goes through highs and lows in the bottle, so if you're ever on a low, just stash it away for a while. I was told by Yoram Ofer, proprietor of Sake Bar Yoramu in Kyoto, that it reaches one peak at around 8 years of room temp aging and again around 20. At low points, it can taste a bit hollow or even bilious (that's the dimethyl sulfide taking center stage for a while). So if she's petulant, just be patient.
When it's fresh from the brewery you'll get notes of whole grain barley and wheat, dried banana, vanilla pudding, fried banana chips, savory quinoa cakes, brown butter, nag champa incense, white miso, fresh coconut meat, coconut husk, coconut flavored yogurt, homemade cultured butter, and crispy roasted chicken. The palate has elements of korean dried sardine broth and kombu dashi. Kinda sea-like.
Sake Boss likes it with bacon cheeseburgers which is a damn fine choice, but more generally, she plays nicely with anything big, bold, and high umami. Aged steaks, pepperoni, broccolini pizza, okonomiyaki & takoyaki, yakitori, yakiniku (all the yaki's), veggies & warm bagna cauda (or for the vegans, look up Jeremy Fox's recipe for miso bagna cauda), tonkotsu ramen...you know, that kinda ilk. Meats, big sauces, fats, bitter and umami. Sublime Beauty will cut right through and in the finish, reverberate and reanimate the best flavor elements from the dish.