I am Tokugetsu, a highly refined nihonshu. I was born on September in the year of our god Heisei 21.
Most sake of my class use rice that’s milled away at 50%, but my masters had a sense of humor and decided to mill me at 28%, while throwing the remaining 72 % of me away, all the parts I thought were good, like the proteins and fibers. They tell me it’s the 28% of me that counts, and is the reason they love me. My sake meter value is plus 2.
( This is what rice looks like at 28%. Standard table rice, the stuff you eat with most Japanese cuisines, is only milled away at 10%! The rabbits and the yellow circle pattern is in the shape of an autumnal moon and is supposed to conger up images of early autumn).
Some people who drink me say that I am light and complex, and that I change at different temperatures. At almost room temperature a soft banana and floral aroma comes out of me and that I have a very well defined nose.
One Jukujo who drank me was really nice. I went into her mouth timidly at first cause’ I didn’t know what to expect; besides, I’m a delicate nihonshu and I don’t like to make my presence known too soon.
She moved me around in her mouth a bit. Little air bubbles begin filling her mouth cavity. She wants all of me and my flavors. I am being drunk. I explore every part of her mouth thoroughly leaving a trail of my aromas and textures. I hope she never forgets this moment. She moans in approval over how clean I am inside of her.
I am Tokugetsu!
This was the first bottle I purchased when I was in Nagaoka city last Sunday. I went to a very famous shoten gai to purchase this along with a few other reasonably priced and delicious sake.
The cup of choice would be a WW2 commemorative 1st Battalion Air Artillery ochoko, which I use to inaugurate every bottle of sake I open, in other words, the first sip comes from these types of cups and then I change to a more suitable drinking cup or drinking apparatus , preferably a Riedel Daiginjo Glass.
I’d like to thank Richard over at his site called Imperial Japanese Sake Cups where he carries huge selection of not only WW2 cups, but more contemporary items, too. If you stop by you won’t be disappointed.
Finally, on to the pouring of the sake. You can watch it in either regular or HD mode.
Take special notice of the musical score and explanations.