With the weather getting hotter and hotter, you may start to crave for some refreshing cold drinks. In this case, chilled fruity sakes with pleasant high acidity may be what you should go for. This month, Saketora has invited Mr. Sake, Namisato Naoya, again to suggest three sakes for us. And this time, all of them are extremely fresh and can cool you off.
Let’s see what summer treats he has recommended!
Soon after I smelled, I was so surprised by its freshness and apple notes. On the palate, I can feel a little bit fizz with sweetness followed by pleasant tartness and fruitiness. The apple flavors also spread in the mouth. Although it has been pasteurized, it is still fresh like namazake. I would recommend drinking it chilled in a wine glass. It would also be nicer to pair it with dishes such as apple chicken salad, though it is already good enough itself.
It shows a mellow and silky mouthfeel and a clean aftertaste that can naturally and quickly cleanse your palate. The finish also shows a hint of bitterness and mild intensity. You may drink it slightly chilled in a small wine glass such as a sherry glass so that you can feel better the delicate texture and soft medium body. It is nice to pair with dishes with gentle flavors such as Japanese egg rolls.
Ryozeki Setsugetsuka Junmaidaiginjo
As its name “Setsugetsuka” (lit meaning: Snow, Moon & Flower) suggests, it shows mild fruitiness with the notes of white rice and marshmallows. The first impression is sweet but gentle, followed by pleasant tartness on the finish. The overall performance is outstanding. To enjoy its softness and elegant sweetness, it is best served chilled in a wine glass. It can also be complemented by veggie dishes such as stuffed cabbage rolls in chicken broth.