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A new batch of the Junmai Ginjo Nama, and one I am particularly excited about. Since tasting some of the first releases from Brooklyn Kura in the beginning of this year, this particular release shows more nuance and depth, and a desire for constant improvement. Brandon extended the fermentation times for this batch, going for a 40 day fermentation as opposed to the more common 30-35 days. He also forwent a sterile filtration this time, leading to a brighter, fresher expression. This sake is aromatically very complex, with cantaloupe, cantaloupe rind, banana, citrus, lemon rind, yellow flowers, yogurt, and a slightly green, grassy quality all present on the nose. The palate is bright, with higher acidity than earlier batches, but still has the mouth-coating quality I've come to associate with Brooklyn Kura sake. It is drier than previous versions, but still comes in at a Sake Meter Value (Nihonshudo) of -1, making it just a tiny touch off-dry, though this is balanced fantastically by the vibrant acidity. This sake is perfect as an aperitif, or with light summer fare, salads, crudo, or creamy cheeses. Oskar Kostecki
This is an incredibly easy-drinking hiya-oroshi! Notes of steamed rice, yellow blossom, cucumber water and honeydew melon intermingle with earthier tones of mushroom and dried flowers, with a slight lactic, yogurt-y presence. This hiya-oroshi is the lightest of the three, and is a great introduction to the style. Kikusui is produced in Niigata Prefecture, and the brewery has been in operation since the 1880s. Oskar Kostecki
Honjozo is sake made with a small amount of brewers alcohol added during the final stages of the fermentation process. The added alcohol extracts more flavor from the mash, yielding a more effusive character. Midorikawa is a distinctive brewery in Niigata Prefecture, deviating from the classic light-bodied and elegant sake typical of the region. Everything they produce spends at least a year resting before it's released, leading to a richer, more umami-driven beverage. Notes of apple, pear skin, and melon interweave with a delicate nuttiness and aroma of dried leaves and flowers. A beautiful honjozo! Oskar Kostecki
Mutemuka Shuzo is located in the mountains of Kochi Prefecture on the southern shore of Shikoku Island, close to the source of Shimanto-gawa, known as Japan's "purest" river on account of its remote location and lack of dams or other obstacles. Established in 1893, Mutemuka has been an early pioneer of organic rice farming, and for the past few generations has been crafting bold expressions of sake. This junmai nama genshu (unpasteurized and undiluted) is a knockout. Laden with bold umami flavors, this explodes on the palate with notes of grass, hazelnut, cocoa nibs, parsnip, dried apricot, raw honey, citrus peel, and a slightly lactic quality. Due to the slightly higher alcohol (18%) is has a very rich mouthfeel and feels vibrant on the palate. Pair with roasted meats and vegetables (it was particularly good with pork), mushroom risotto, hearty udon, and other savory, umami-laden dishes. Oskar Kostecki
Nanbu Bijin in Iwate prefecture has been brewing premium sake for over a hundred years. The Tokubetsu Junmai is their stalwart, a sake to be enjoyed at any time; easy drinking and unfussy, with nice texture and a clean finish. The nama version is super fun, adding vibrancy and freshness. The nose offers notes of green apple, melon, grass, and blossom. The palate is a touch more savory and shows some steamed rice and toast flavors, as well as more tropical fruit when it warms up, think pineapple and papaya. A little brash when first opened, this sake integrates wonderfully after 15-30 minutes of air. A great entry level nama! Oskar Kostecki