Sake from Kinokawa Brewery
Yesterday, I tried 2 Sake from the Kinokawa Brewery, located in the Nagasaki Province (or Prefecture), Southern part of Japan.
The 1st one, (the one with the face on it), was the "Daiginjo Nagasaki Bugyo" meaning "Nagasaki's Romance" in the "Daiginjo" style.
Daiginjo Nagasaki Bugyo has been selected as the first-class in-flight sake for JAL (Japan Airline) domestic flights. The brand Nagasaki Bugyo was named by the late Shinichi Ichikawa, a scriptwriter from Isahaya City. This Daiginjo sake is filled with the romance of Nagasaki.
Brewed with carefully selected sake rice, primarily "Yamada Nishiki" (short grain Japanese rice used in high-quality Sake), at a 50% polishing rate, it was brewed to be enjoyed before or during a meal. It presents moderate, fruity (lychee) ginjo aromas, a medium-bodied palate and an elegant sweetness. Soft and rounded, very pleasant and enjoyable, even on its own. Loved it.
The 2nd one was the "Junmai Daiginjo Chojiya - The highest peak of Junmaishu"
Awarded best Sake in the Ginjo section back in 2017, this sake is made with the best sake rice "Yamada Nishiki", polished at 40% rate, into a small round shape like a jewel. As a high-quality Ginjo style, it was made only in limited quantity and it is highly recommended to the Sake connoisseurs (like me 😁).
The aromas reminded me of roots (like ginger) and flowers, much less fruit than the previous one, but more complex and intense on both the nose and the palate. Where the previous one was friendly and playful, this one is much more serious and deep. Definitely needs food to go with it. The vendor was suggesting oysters, which I fully agree.
Till next time, thank you, take good care of yourself, be safe and drink responsibly.
Ledomduvin (a.k.a. Dominique Noël)
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More info on their website at www.Kinokawa.co.jp