Akashi-Tai Honjozo Tokubetsu
Aromatic full-flavoured semi-dry sake from Hyogo prefecture offers amazing value for your money
Akashi-Tai Honjozo Tokubetsu is an amazing sake. It has an intensive aroma with dried fruit, caramel, toffee, and candied lemon notes and a well-balanced taste with acacia honey, elderflower, almonds and burnt sugar flavours. I would call it semi-dry though the brewery calls the style of the sake crisp and dry. Akashi-Tai Honjozo Tokubetsu has a lighter medium-bodied and pleasantly oily texture and prominent alcohol in the taste.
The “tokubetsu” bit, which means “special” comes from the fact that the rice is milled to 60% ginjo grade but the style is still honjozo. Akashi-Tai Honjozo Tokubetsu is an entry-level sake but you get very high quality for the money you pay. The sake can be paired with a wide variety of foods including tempura and grilled meat and fish. We had it with lamb and it went nicely!
Akashi is a small brewery making small batches of handcrafted sake. The brewery was founded more than 160 years ago on the shore of Osaka Bay famous for sea bream (“tai” in Japanese) which gives the brand its beautiful logo.