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September 29, 2013

Review: 4 Imported Sakés from SakéOne

Oregon-based SakéOne is America’s largest producer of saké, and it’s one of its biggest importers of Japanese sakés, too. Recently the company added two new imported sakés to its lineup. We tasted them both (plus two previously available expressions), and have some opinions to share.

Here are thoughts on the four new products, which should all have fairly broad, national distribution:

Kasumi Tsuru Kimoto Extra Dry Saké – A dry style, with fresh melon and light almond notes on the nose. Some earthiness adds curiosity (particularly on the nose), but the fruit is solid, with a big cantelope finish. Refreshing and easy to drink, with plenty to explore. B / $30

SakeMoto Junmai Saké – A bit more rustic, with some bite on the back end that you don’t get in more refined sakés. Still, at this price you’re getting a surprising level of quality: mushroom layered with melon and some floral notes, with a fresh, honeydew-infused finish. B- / $11

Murai Family Nigori Genshu Saké – Undiluted (genshu) saké bottled at 19.9% alcohol. Unfiltered also, which makes it creamy and cloudy, an increasingly popular style. Big nose, bigger body. Melon meets roasted nuts, with a palate that features tapioca, sweet mango, and cotton candy. Easy to love. B+ / $25

Yoshinogawa Winter WarriorNigata (snow based) style saké, this saké has perhaps the most fruit of the bunch, as well as the best balance. Tropical notes with melon, lightly floral aromatics, and a lightly oily body that is still refreshing and clean, this is my favorite sipper of the lineup. A- / $27

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SOURCE: Drink Hacker