Momokawa “Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America” Junmai Ginjo Genshu

By Raul Faria

Momokawa “Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America” Junmai Ginjo Genshu Sake is really a special brew. Its only available at the Sake One tasting room and on their website http://sakeone.com. It is also a Genshu Sake which means it is undiluted Sake. It is also Junmai meaning no brewers alcohol that in non Junmai Sake is added to round out flavors or to create the desired flavor profile the Toji (brewmaster) is looking for. This is some pure Sake in that it really is just what came out of the press. In the case of Genshu typically all Sake has water added to it to bring the alcohol level down to the standard 16 percent (some are Lower or higher give or take a percentage poimt), however Genshu Sake has not had any water added to it. The Toji has to carefully observe a number of factors during the brewing process (brewing at colder temperatures,  yeast alcohol conversion rates etc.) to ensure that the resulting Sake will arrive at the desired ABV. In this case a hearty 18 percent. Another interesting note about the “Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America” Junmai Ginjo Genshu Sake is that 20 percent of all the sales of this bottle go to the Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America located in the Pacific Northwest. Check out http://tsubakishrine.org and learn more about the shrine and its history. The Sake itself is also as unique as its pedigree on the nose I get a pronounced heavy aroma with an almost pear and slight sharp cheese, sweet cucumber with a slight astringinnt rhubarb finish. This I think is perfect for spicy foods and maybe some smoky barbecue.

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