Sake Tasting Notes

In Japan, a sake renaissance is brewing. Read the full story from our December 2013 issue, Sake's Second Act.Captions by Georgia Freedman.

Chikurin Fukamari Junmai ($30)

Chikurin Fukamari Junmai ($30)

A creamy sake, with a name that means "depth," this junmai gets its sherry-like aroma and rich, savory flavor from the big of aged sake that is blended into the younger brew.Chelsea Polmales
Chikurin Karoyaka Junmai Ginjo ($50)

Chikurin Karoyaka Junmai Ginjo ($50)

The floral aroma of this sake, whose name means "lightness," lends a headiness to its apple and longan fruit flavors. It's wonderful with sushi.Chelsea Polmales
Daishichi Junmai Kimoto Classic ($41)

Daishichi Junmai Kimoto Classic ($41)

Yeasty aromas and umami flavors come from kimoto, an ancient method in which uncovered rice is beaten to break down starches, encouraging wild yeasts to settle in.Chelsea Polmales
Watari Bune Junmai Daiginjo ($105)

Watari Bune Junmai Daiginjo ($105)

Made from heirloom Watari Bune ("ferry boat") rice, this sake's luscious texture is tempered by a light aroma and flavors of pear and pineapple.Chelsea Polmales
Watari Bune Junmai Ginjo "55" ($24)

Watari Bune Junmai Ginjo "55" ($24)

The bright pear aroma of this complex brew yields to flavors of cedar, walnuts, and earth, finishing with a briskness that can cut the richness of grilled and roasted meats.Chelsea Polmales
Yuki No Bosha Akita Komachi Daiginjo ($70)

Yuki No Bosha Akita Komachi Daiginjo ($70)

This sake's notes of cantaloupe and chrysanthemum resolve in a bright, peppery finish; pair it with spice dishes.Chelsea Polmales
Yuki No Bosha Limited Release Junmai Ginjo ($35)

Yuki No Bosha Limited Release Junmai Ginjo ($35)

A light and subtle sake with melony, peachy notes, this bottle goes well with fish, whether raw, steamed, or grilled.Chelsea Polmales