Junmai Daiginjo Sake (Special Momokawa import selection from Murai Family Sake)



by Raul Faria

Momokawa brewing company of Japan Junmai Daiginjo is a good Sake. Very good. Like Sake competition winning good. Like the three years it has won in the Japan National New Sake Competition. It is a Junmai (no brewers alcohol added) Daiginjo (milled down to 50% min). The coolest thing for the Sake nerd in me is that it is brewed with a blend of Yamadanishiki and Gohyakumangoku sake rice. You may not be familiar with the names of these two Sake rice varietals but if you’re into Sake I guarantee you’ve tasted them since they are considered the two finest sake rice varietals in the world and are commonly separately used in premium Ginjo Sake. So the Superman and Batman of Sake Rice meet up to create the Justice League of Daiginjo Sake!

Aroma-I get ripe tropical fruits right away with banana and also a bit of banana bread on the end.

Taste– Immediately I got pure lush water, like you’re scooping up water from a stream. Seriously. Lots of juicy cucumber, and cucumber water, very clean and smooth with a velvety mouth feel.

Finish– A clean, mellow, round finish.

Now this sake is hard to find but your best bet is to go online to Sake One’s website and contact them in regards to how to get a bottle. Sake One brewery is Disneyland for American Sake nerds and they will for sure steer you in the right direction. I signed up for their Toji Club and they send you sake every other month and since its their top tier club option they will also send you rare imports along with different selections from Momokawa, Yoshinogawa, Murai Family Sake and most recently SakeMoto Sakes. That’s how I got my bottle of this rare Sake. Now don’t be discouraged if you can’t get a bottle of this stuff because you can always track down Sakes that utilize similar rice combos or order one of Momokawa’s Junmai Daiginjos that they produce year round. So try and track down a bottle if you can because it will be worth it but if you can’t be sure to check out the alternatives since they will have some of the characteristics present in the rare stuff. Kanpai!




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