Watanabe Sake Brewery
Ninja Hourai Sake Ninja Junmai-shu
Watanabe Sake Brewery Ninja Hourai Sake Ninja Junmai-shu (15% alcohol by volume) is a Junmai sake - made from water, koji mold and rice. It has no milling requirement but the Hida Homare Sake Rice in this sake is milled to 60% (tha same as Junmai ginjo grade sake). The fragrance is medium and has a spicy smell with a hint of fenel seed, rice and some floral notes. It is brilliantly water clear with a light silver gold tint. It has good reflectance with a clear, well-formed meniscus. A swirl of the glass reveals long, well formed legs. Lightly sweet fenel leads off the rich flavors that hint of spicy cotton candy and marshmallow. It dries on the finish with a light acid note. The sake's impact is medium high with a medium full presence leaning to the dry with medium high acidity. The complexity and earthiness are medium and the tail is medium long. I am enjoying this with a spicy sushi roll and the pairing works very well. The brewer suggests pairing this with roasted chicken, barbecued ribs or pizza. I rate his delightful sake 85.