Ginga Shizuku "Divine Droplets" Junmai Daiginjo Sake (720ml)

SKU #996002 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Very pale yellow. Complex nose offers saline, herbal and spicy notes, with a minty coolness. Wonderfully subtle, complex and precise, with a distinctly ethereal quality, high-pitched minerality and superb lift. Finishes very dry and persistent, with lovely lift. This is made inside an igloo in Hokkaido, in Japan's extreme north, where below-freezing temperature prevents unwanted bacteria from surviving, thus ensuring a very pure sake. The clear sake is separated from the fermenting rice lees by putting it into canvas bags and allowing the sake to drip out overnight (as opposed to pressing it).  (8/ 2007)

K&L Notes

This producer goes to phenomenal lengths to produce the cleanest sake possible. Some might even say they go over the top. When the temperature falls below 14 Fahrenheit, they build an igloo. Inside this structure the air is a constant 28 F, with 90% humidity and no wind, as well as an environment free of harmful bacteria. Then because they do not like the bitter compounds that result when the sake is pressed from the lees, they put it into canvas bags that are hung to slowly drip the "free run" sake. Very fragrant, very lovely, very elegant, very clean, very subtle. All the trouble shows in the glass. Expensive but well worth it.

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/5/2010  | Send Email
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Yet another epiphany sake, or rather, the epiphany sake. I had this at none other than the French Laundry. I would have to riffle through old menus in order to determine what it was paired with, but that in itself should say something about the sake! That it left a greater impression than the course! Considering the history in the making of this sake, it is amazing that it is available for only $65. This is the Grand Cru of sakes, the essence of perfection.

By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/28/2009  | Send Email
A very elegant sake, driven by delicate aromas of almond, sweet cream and lychee fruit. The palate is tangy, and shows more of a white pear flavor. Overall, this is a dry sake with mineral structure and acidity, that hints at saltwater taffy on the long, dry finish, and would be ideal with sashimi.

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