Takatenjin "Soul of the Sensei" Junmai Daiginjo (720ml)
Takantenjin Soul of the Sensei is a special Junmai Daiginjo brewed in memory of former Takatenjin Master Toji Shokichi Hase. Toji Hase worked tirelessly at the same brewery for over 40 years--which in itself is surely an achievement worth honoring. He was also one of the four famous toji known as the "Four Guardians of Heaven” of the prestigious Noto Toji Guild. (Toji guilds are small groups of notable tojis whose main objectives are to educate and train successors, to refine skills, and to uphold and improve the reputation of the sake from their region.) The brewery continues its former sensei's traditions with this clean, dry, and rich brew, which is considered one of Japan's most highly regarded sake. It exudes aromas of clean honeydew rind, grainy rice, with a touch of earth. The impact on the palate is soft and rich but not cloying. A gentle sweetness envelops the tongue while the clean, high-strung acidity does the work. It has loads of body but is able to maintain tightness and structure. While spicy honeydew and dry anise dominate up front, the finish is dry with good spicy white pepper and jasmine notes.