Matsuri Restuarant has been ramping up their sake events and I was delighted to attend a recent event there devoted to Umenoyado sake sponsored by Daiei Trading Sake Importers. I last had Umenoyado sake at a tasting event at Sakaya back in Feb 2009. It was there that I first met Mr. Moriura. Moriura-san did a great job presenting his sake and I loved getting to know the great Umenoyado sakes again.
Let’s take a look at the sakes we tasted at this great event:
This is perhaps the best known sake from Ume No Yado currently in the US.
What I like about it is the somewhat rich character and the fact that it doesn’t shy away from rice flavors. It’s extremely drinkable and very enjoyable.
This is a delicious sake made with the rare but well known “Bizen Omachi” rice.
It’s hard to grow and gives this sake a beautifully unqiue taste. this Junmai Daiginjo is milled to an amazing 40%. Look for the signature smooth taste.
Yuzu is a well known taste in Japanese cuisine, but less so here. it’s often called a “japanese lemon” and it a unique citrus worthy of your attention.
This low alcoholsake is made with the addition of fresh yuzu juice that is summed up in one word: “Refreshing”!
This is a low alcohol Plum sake or “ume-shu”. It’s sweet without being overpowering and if you like the taste of plums, you in for a treat. Enjoy as dessert after a meal! And who better to explore what Ume can do than the Plum house itself “Ume no Yado”!