This is my first spring sake of 2010 and it’s from Fukushima Prefecture, Aizu City, Nango Village.
(“I’m listening to Trevor Morris’ City in a Box as I type this”).
Since it’s spring in Japan you can expect there to be hundreds perhaps thousands of different kinds of sake on the market now, so how do you choose which ones to get? For me, I look for the sake shops with the largest hotel and restaurant clientele . In my city there’s a jizake shop called Kimijimaya which caters to some of the most exclusive hotels and restaurants in Tokyo and Yokohama. This store has the largest selection of sake and wine in Yokohama, and is also one of the most respected and well established in the Kanto region. I take my sake advice from them along with my own experiences and choose the best sake for the season and for my own spiritual and sexual needs.
This time around, they recommended Hanaizumi to me, a Jyunmai Muroka Nama Genshu, in other words, an unfiltered, unpasteurized, full bodied, mammoth of a sake with full flavor profiles. Acid is high which serve to further enhance its sharpness. It’s a snappy sake. I love her. She slaps me in the face. Rice is polished at 65% and locally grown. The tail is pleasantly mild, yet fruity and spring season like. impact has a delicate burst of pink cherry blossom pedals that coat the tongue. I just love homegrown Japanese things. Especially women, like Chiaki Ojima, a personal friend and a Fukushima born beauty.
This sake was made exclusively for Kimijimaya by Hanaizumi Brewery, so like I said in my previous post on Yoshio no Sake, a brewery would have to have a highly coveted partnership in order for them to brew a sake just for you. I wish they’d brew a sake for me. I would call it “Jukujo!” Today’s featured Jukujo is below.
Her name is Anzai Tomoko and she was born in Iwaki City, which I have personally been to. It’s on the Pacific Ocean side of Japan, not the Sea of Japan side.
The reason for selecting Ms. Anzai is because of her dreamy carefree look. I have noticed this pattern in a lot of women from this prefecture. Think less, be more spontaneous. Less inhibitions. Nature made.
Nihonshu, food, onsen, shinto, and Jukujo do go together. Never let anybody tell you any differently. If they do, be careful. They may be spies working for North Korea. And, by the way, Jukujo sweat is nihonshu and you know how much I esteem nihonshu.