Named Snow Maiden in homage to Japan's most famous koi, "Hanako", which lived 226 years in the icy waters at the foot of Japan's Mt. Ontake.
Quality Grade: Junmai
Seimaibuai: 70% (30% of rice grain polished away)
Yeast: Brewer's Original
Tasting Notes/Food Pairing:
This is fairly thick and chewy nigori (cloudy sake), but it is still surprisingly dry. The aromas are bright and fresh and they show a lovely ricey and fruity combination. In the mouth, this sake has solid weight and gives the same flavors of fresh fruit and creamy fresh rice that your nose told you about. The finish has a pleasant astringency and is nicely mellow, beckoning you for another mouthful. You will rarely taste a classier nigori at this price, and this may be the ultimate food-friendly nigori.
Brewery Name: Kizakura
Brewery Location: Kyoto Prefecture
Toji (master brewer): Mr. Wakai
91 Points, Gold Medal, "Best Buy" & "Exceptional", Beverage Tasting Institute, 2009
88 Points, Stephen Tanzers International Wine Cellar, 2007
"Heavy milky-white. Nutty, creamy nose. Rich, chewy and lush, with soft saline and banana flavors and an attractive hint of fruity sweetness. Not complex, but this mellow, easy-to-drink sake is not short of acidity."