Kitajima Miyosakae Biwako no Kujira (The Whale of Biwa Lake) Junmai Sake (720ml)
Kitajima Brewery was established in 1805 in Shiga Prefecture near lake Biwa. As one of the oldest and most respected sake breweries in Japan, Kitajima produce a range of full flavoured and fruitier styles. Miyosakae is their traditional core range, while in 2002 they developed the Kitajima range for more innovative releases using the kimoto natural starter method. The Whale of Biwa Lake sake is unfiltered (muroka), unpasteurised (nama), and undiluted (genshu).
Tasting note: Crystalline, shimmering pale lemon colour in the glass. Initial aromas show sugar snap peas, a hint of lime zest, green melon, though it's quite restrained. After time an earthy mushroom and rice bran element emerges. Tasting chilled it's all very restrained, though as it warms the wheat and grain elements develop, supported by the pithy green fruit notes. Once at room temperature the robust nature of this genshu (undiluted) sake is more apparent, and the depth of savoury notes work well with the lean fruit profile. This should pair with a range of foods, able to match with many fatty fish dishes, and even hold up to flavourful Asian marinades and sauces. Grilled eel would be a perfect choice. Served chilled or at room temperature.
Rice Polishing: 70%