"Aromas of sweet, wet stone and pear come off this slightly hazy-colored sake. It has the appearance of grapefruit juice with flavors of pineapple, pear and apricot. It is refined, dry and delicate and would pair beautifully with sashimi."
Ultimate Wine Shop
Nigori sake is made so that some of the rice lees remain in the bottle after pressing. Most nigori is sweet and creamy, and thick with the unfermented rice solids. Rihaku Nigori is a bit less chunky, but more fruity and complex than most nigori sake. Slight prune tones, and a slight taste of nuts.
This Nigori is quite special because its milling rate of 41% technically qualifies it as Junmai Ginjo grade sake- a rare quality level for a nigori (cloudy) sake.
Quality Grade: Tokubetsu Junmai
Seimaibuai: 58% (42% of rice grain polished away)
Tasting Notes/Food Pairing:
The nose is led by steamed rice, fresh red plums, and suggestions of roasted peanuts. Bright and lean in the mouth, unlike many Nigori, and the impact is chewy with sweet rice flavors intermingling with the nutty and slightly fruity characteristics of the sake.
Brewery Name: Rihaku Shuzo
Brewery Founded: 1882
Brewery Location: Shimane Prefecture
Toji (master brewer): Osanobu Osako
Brewery President: Yuichiro Tanaka
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