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Hourai Kuramoto no Kakushizake

Pear nose; skinny legs, subtle entry, clean and tingly,fills the whole mouth, almost no tail,
I first learned about this sake from a friend on facebook last week and decided to order it a few days ago.  A day before the sake arrived I had done a search for other people who may have tried this nihonshu.  After carefully searching around I managed to find only one blog in English that had written something up about it.  The blog’s name is “Dad in a Foreign Land.”  He adds a unique twist by highlighting his other experiences prior to trying this.  He has quite and interesting blog, so why don’t you go and have look.
When I’m tasting any nihonshu I like to use a sake cup and a stemless  Daigenjo Riedel  sake glass so that I can better observe the  color and legs.  What you drink from brings a certain aesthetic to whatever it is you are imbibing on.  Sake should be enjoyed both visually, sublingually and moved around in your mouth. 
The Ochoco (traditional sake cup)you see at the top is a bit larger than standard sake cups, and the Riedel glass is next to it.
And then with every good nihonshu there’s a good Jukujo match.  Murakami Ryoko would fit the exact same flavor profiles of this sake; full bodied, aromatic, flavorsome, and very easy to drink.  Her name is Murakami Ryoko and she’s a  mother goddess baby!

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