Kiminoi "Emperor's Well"
Description: A prototypical Yamahai nose filled with earthy, gritty, ricey, shroomy, grainy elements with a waft of creme brulee. And yes the flavor matches the aroma as this deep and layered sake has a gamey attitude that is full and robust. Look for flavors such as rice and grains that blend into a gentle earthiness with a vein of vanilla. A Ginjo that tastes like rice - how novel! Velvety, gutsy, and complex this brew is bold and yet subdued. More richness comes out at room temp and so does a peek-a-boo view of marshmallow.
One word to describe this sake brew: Gamey
Food Pairings: A game griller special--Grilled Fish, Light Pasta, Shellfish, Grilled Meats, BBQ & Skewers, Fried or Salty Dishes, Deep Pastas, Stews & Soups, Fare with Heavy Sauces, Game and Fowl, Salads, Grilled and Steamed Veggies, Tofu and Soba, Turkey, Ham and Game, Stuffing and Gravy, Fried and Mashed Potatoes, Hamburgers, Pizza, Sandwiches
Taste profile: WINE: Deep Dark Reds/Huge Whites; BEER: StoutsBrewery: Kiminoi Shuzo
Sake Type: Junmai Ginjo, Yamahai
Bottle Size: 720ml
Founded by: Tanaka Family in 1842
Toji (Master Brewer): Hiroshi Hayatsu. Hayatsu-san has been working with sake for three decades.
Ingredients: Ricetype: Gohyakumangoku; Water: On-site well water. Soft water; Yeast: Kyokai #10; No sulfites, no preservatives.
Seimaibuai (amount of rice left after milling): 58%
Alcohol Content: 15-16%
Sake Meter Value (the lower the sweeter, the higher the drier): +2
Amino acids: 1.5
Serving temp: Chilled or slightly warmed