Ippongi Ginkoubai - Japanese Plum Sake

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Description: Have you ever tried a premium Japanese plum sake? No? Then what are you waiting for? If you like sweet wines and beers, or, if you need something that pairs perfectly with Teriyaki or Grilled Fish--then this awesome brew is for you. Rich, smooth, well-balanced, yet sweet with a quick tart taste that smartly cleans your palate for the next bite of food. Think green apples, Japanese plum (ever try one? soooo good!) whip cream, and silk if it had a taste. Not like your average plum sakes which often have a heavy taste--this sake is light as a feather.

From the brewer on how they brew this established sake, "Plum sake is usually made by soaking plums and sugar into distilled alcohol, causing the taste to become thick like honey. However the process used to make Ginkoubai differs from this completely. "We first wait for the plum to reach full maturity, then to extract only the pure plum juice, we press them slowly by using “SAKEFUNE” a gentle pressure machine used normally in the production of regular sake. Next we blend this pure plum juice with sugar and Junmai sake, and it is through this that Ginkoubai is able to attain its lighter flavor and elegant sake undertones."

They had me at "plum"...

One word to describe this sake brew: Sweet 
Food Pairings: Teriyaki, Grilled Fish, Sushi, Soba
Taste profile: WINE: Sweet Reds/Clean Whites; BEER: Light beers and ciders


Brewery: Ippongi Kubohonten
Sake Type: Ume-Shu Plum Sake - Junmai
Bottle Size: 750ml
Founded: 1902 
Prefecture: Hokuriku, Fukui
Ingredients: Plum, Sugar, Ricetype: Yamadanishiki; No sulfites, no preservatives.
Seimaibuai (amount of rice left after milling): 60%
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Sake Meter Value (the lower the sweeter, the higher the drier): -72
Sweet or dry: Sweet
Body: Light
Acidity: 7.1
Serving temp: On the rocks, Chilled