My first fresh bottle of sake this year is Taka’s Tokubetsu Junmai Jikagumi 60, a fresh Shinshu just for this season.
Another jikagumi! For those who missed it from the Ageo ode, jikagumi sake is bottled directly from a wood press, as yet another variation of my favorite Tobin Gakoi sakes.
As you would expect from a shinshu direct bottled sake, it’s vibrant, lively. It has a touch of sparkle to it. Its full of flavor, with clean rice, mild acidity, and rich umami. There’s so much here to enjoy, and not an off note in the whole song. Nagayama Honke doesn’t make a bad sake, and this is still one of the best I’ve tried from them.
It’s balanced perfectly, so that it matches a huge variety of meals. Curry, meat, tomato soup, sukiyaki, and more. It’s great, and I went right through this bottle like water.
i just noticed that Japan Times had an article on Taka sake and Nagayama Honke Shuzo back in March.
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Thanks for your comment! Yes, that was a nice article. I actually had one on Nippon.com that came out about the same time, though I turned mine in months earlier… >_< https://www.nippon.com/en/guide-to-japan/gu900144/terroir-japonaise-japan%E2%80%99s-sake-meets-france%E2%80%99s-vin-natur-philosophy.html