- Even though Ai Yama is not a genshu watch out for the high level of alcohol. this one is especially dangerous because it drinks so smoothly you may not notice the high alcohol content.
- Dewazakura is a larger brewery with a full lineup of sake (our store alone carries about 10 different kinds), So look forward to more posts on Dewazakura sake in the future!
- This Sake is pasteurized, so it is ok out of the fridge, but Dewazakura also has a good line up of Nama Sake (Unpasteurized sake) as well.
- The name Ai Yama refers to the kind of rice that is used. As best as I can tell, and there is a short explanation in Japanese on the bottle, Ai Yama is a decedent of both the Yamada nishiki strain and the Omachi strains of sake rice. *
Monday, April 13, 2009
Dewazakura Junmai Daiginjo "Ai Yama"!
Here to share the love, is a little bit of heaven called "Love mountain." Well.......really it's "Ai Yama (愛山)" and its a Junmai Daiginjo from our friends over at Dewazakura!
Dewazakura / 出羽桜
Junmai Daiginjo "Ai Yama" / 純米大吟醸愛山
Alcohol: 17% / Polish: 45%
Dewazakura Shuzo / Yamagata Prefecture
On the nose: Sweet, fruity, very clean with hints of honey.
On the palate: Very clean, slight bite on the start with a nice rounding sweetness from the rice. Hints of honey carry through to the tongue. Ending with a crisp, quick, and refreshing finish.
Until next time,
Meishu no Yutaka staff
*I am currently doing some research on this, but info in English on the lesser known strains of sake rice is rather limited. I would like to do a post on the Ai Yama strain of sake rice, and others as well, when I have enough info to make it worth while.