My last post was about the Brewing process we got to see at the sake meetup. Here is an overview of the Sakes we got to taste. yum. it was a really good selection and I left feeling very… happy! Thanks to Jeff, Paul, Sebastian and everyone for a great event.
Sakes we tasted from the left… Taihei-zan Kimoto Junmai, Sirakawago Sasanigori, Sawanotsuru Zuicho Dai Ginjo (1.8 L), Itami onigoroshi junmai (1.8 L)
Here is a snapshot of our 5th sake we tasted a Niwa No Uguishi Junmai – Daruma label. Here is a review of this sake I found in the Japan Times Online Authored by the revered John Gauntner
Niwa no Uguisu (The Nightingale of the Garden) is brewed at a tiny firm known for putting great care into their brewing. This “Daruma” sake, of which there is also a daiginjo version, bears the image of the founder of Zen. Daruma is dry and narrow in flavor, clean but with a soft pull to the recesses. There is a slight essence of dried autumnal fruit to the fragrance and flavor, backed and delivered by a nice standing acidity. Although it may be hard to find at just any old liquor shop, Niwa no Uguisu Daruma is comparatively easy to find at good sake pubs.
A close up of Taihei-zan Kimoto Junmai. This one was my favorite!