This is a namazake that seems to have more in common with a chardonnay than sake. Fruity nose with hints of pineapple and apricots, as claimed by its creators, in addition to pear, apple and melon. A fruity explosion. An equally juicy palate, full-bodied, sophisticated and round. From the moment you open the bottle the first contact with your taste buds, it feels alive. Fun to enjoy.
This a winner of the 2017 Delicious Sake in a Wine Glass Gold Award (ワイングラスでおいしい日本酒アワード) and it's worth gold every drop of it! Very mild and elegant nose and a voluminous taste of umami, with a slightly sour finish, quite reminiscent of mild chardonnay.
Hakkaisan is one of the most prominent breweries in Japan and its honjozo is famous among those who enjoy their sake "karakuchi" (dry). Surprisingly mellow, light and palatable, it has an unintrusive, yet elegant finish and can be paired with almost any kind of dishes. We had it chilled, though the brewery also suggests to serve it "atsukan".
Hokushika's description wasn't wrong: the first impression was sweet and refreshing, with a strong aroma of koji and umami. Sweet finish devoid of any acridity. Very elegant, discreet and, it has to be said, very reasonably priced considering its quality. We had it with sashimi, and it was a perfect pairing.