We are very impressed with Hirata's "Red Heron" label. We reviewed their Shiboritate a few days ago, and the regular Tokubetsu Junmai is of the same calibre! Multi-layered, well-rounded, deep, and of rich character, it boasts a fruity nose of apples and pears with alcoholic overtones. Quite tangy in its approach, it turns to a lovely tender sweetness mid-palate, only to transition to a sour finish with marked notes of stimulating bitterness. This is a very complex and refined sake!