Masumi Okuden Kantsukuri
Elegant junmai sake from the famous Miyasaka brewery from the Nagano prefecture. The well-balanced and slightly acidic taste makes it perfect to enjoy both chilled and room temperature as well as slightly warmed with a wide variety of foods.
I wanted to try Masumi sake after listening to Keith Norum, on the excellent Sake on Air podcast. The Miyasaka brewery is one of the most respected breweries in Japan occupying a difficult spot between large mass-producing sake companies and small craft brewers.
The brewery describes Masumi Okuden Kantsukuri as an ideal junmai sake and they are not too far from the truth. The sake is elegant and clear, dry but with hints of sweetness especially when it is served at room temperature.
The aroma is very delicate with a subtle melon scent and notes of banana leaves, lily and hazelnuts. The texture is very soft and smooth. Masumi Okuden Kantsukuri is mildly acidic but the acidity is very well balanced. The taste is simple and clear with notes of grapes, dried fruit and honey melon with a smooth dry finish.
I tried Masumi Okuden Kantsukuri at Hakkasan restaurant in London paired with baked dim sum, stir-fry beef with Merlot, stir-fry Peking style duck, spicy prawns and stir-fry mushrooms and each dish went perfectly with the sake.