With primary flavors of citrus fruit or Muscat, it appears mild at first, then develops a plush, juicy, slightly sour character that rounds out the palate. Full-bodied but expertly balanced, it delivers an invigorating sensation, no better testified than in its Platinum award and top five selection in the 2017 Kura Master sake competition in France.
A French term, "liseur" denotes one with a deep passion and insatiable appetite for literature, and this sake embodies the principle, not in quantity, but in the depth of appreciation for a similar product of craftsmanship. When first poured, it presents as closed and inscrutable, but gradually opens up to reveal a more alluring character, with a refined aroma of Muscat, refreshingly sharp acidity, and a full mouthfeel that all harmonize perfectly. Recommended for those approaching sake for the first time or with a more delicate palate. Will continue to develop over time after uncapping.
Establishing a new foundation, overlaid with the tropical character typical of Ginjo grade sake, the “Bunkajin” Junmai Ginjo is one of three masterpieces of that style offered by this producer. With the other two making use of the Yamada Nishiki and Gin no Yume rice varieties, this limited edition uses Omachi rice exclusively. Being the oldest and most primitive rice strain grown in Japan, Omachi presents a technical challenge that all sake brewers wish to face at least – and, owing to the difficulty, perhaps only – once in their career. The rich body is immediately apparent, following quickly by acidity, before settling into a decadent and beguiling finish. The rich body is immediately apparent, following quickly by acidity, before settling into a decadent and beguiling finish.