GSN Review: Hiro Junmai Sake

imagesWhenever I’m having sushi or sashimi, I’m always looking for a good bottle of sake to pair it with.  It’s really the perfect companion, since sake itself is made from rice.  Hiro is made from polished rice from the Niigata region of Japan and is based on a recipe from the reknowned samurai Hiroemon Takeda.  This expression is designed to be served hot or at room temperature.  I prefer the latter as it allows for the full expression of the character to come out.

This is an excellent entry-level sake, that has deservedly won several awards in the past few years.

Hiro Junmai Sake (30 proof)
Visual: Crystal clear.
Nose: Almost rose-like and with a spring rain freshness.
Taste: Light and delicate, with an interesting bitter creaminess.  Some salinity.
Finish: Dry and bright with a lot of high notes.  Crisp and refreshing.
Overall: Perfect for pairing with tuna or salmon sashimi.  They will balance each other out.
GSN Rating: B+

For more information go to: Hirosake

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