Tanama no Hikari Junmai Ginjo Iwai Rice
Delicate and soft off-dry sake from Kyoto with a creamy texture and a tangy finish.
I first tried Tanama no Hikari Junmai Ginjo Iwai Rice at a JFC trade show. The brewery labelled is as a women sake, meaning its soft and delicate taste. It’s not super fruity like some other ginjo sake, but has a very subtle aroma with rose, melon, strawberry and green apple in the nose and some mineral and mushroom notes. The texture is creamy and well-bodied. Tanama no Hikari Junmai Ginjo is an off-dry and mellow sake. Its taste is indeed very delicate and soft. You can recognise honey, dried fruits and cherry pips. The alcohol content is relatively high for a non-genshu sake and it feels, giving Tanama no Hikari Junmai Ginjo a nice sharpness and bit of bitterness in the finish.
I had Tanama no Hikari Junmai Ginjo with mixed tuna and salmon sushi and sashimi and it was a very good pairing. The relatively dry and clean sake offset very well the oiliness of the sashimi.
Tama no Hikari is a brewery from Kyoto established during the early Edo period. The region is famous for its soft water, which produces more “feminine” sake, meaning that the sake is softer and more delicate. It’s usually fermented at a lower temperature for a longer time, then sake made of hard water.