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Rihaku 'Wandering Poet' Sake, Junmai Ginjo, Japan

Rihaku 'Wandering Poet' Sake, Junmai Ginjo, Japan

"Poetic Elixir: A Tribute to Li Po"

History and Pedigree:

Rihaku Sake, fondly named after the legendary 8th-century Chinese poet Li Po, embodies the poetic spirit in its creation. Known for his love of sake, Li Po's legacy lives on through each Rihaku 'Wandering Poet' Sake bottle. This Junmai Ginjo, a testament to craftsmanship and tradition, hails from the serene landscapes of Shimane, Japan—a region celebrated for its natural beauty and sparse population. Under the stewardship of the 5th generation president and toji (master brewer) Tanaka, the brewery marries age-old traditions with innovative research in rice and yeast, ensuring the legacy of Rihaku not only honors the past but also paves the way for future excellence.

Production Highlights:

Rihaku's brewing process is a meticulous labor of love, utilizing water from a deep well near the kura (brewery), renowned for its purity and softness. This choice of water and the exclusive use of superior sake rice underscores the brewery's commitment to quality. The choice of Yamadanishiki rice, polished down to 55%, surpasses the standard for Junmai Ginjo classification, showcasing a dedication to producing a sake of unparalleled clarity and taste. The brewing of about 3000 koku (540 kiloliters) annually ensures a focus on quality over quantity, a philosophy that has guided Rihaku through generations.

Product Details:

  • Region: Shimane, Japan
  • Varietal: Yamadanishiki Rice
  • Color: Clear
  • ABV: 15.2%
  • Rice Polishing Ratio (RPR): 55%
  • Sake Meter Value (SMV): +3.0
  • Acidity: 1.6
  • Serving Temperature: 40-60 °F

Sensory Perception:

Rihaku's Wandering Poet's Sake is a harmonious blend of the "light & dry" and "rich & dry" sake styles. Its intricate flavor profile boasts notes of banana, lemon, and aloe vera, offering a sensory journey as complex and profound as the poems of Li Po himself. The sake's smooth finish and subtle sweetness make it a versatile companion to various culinary delights.

Pairings and Occasions:

This Junmai Ginjo's robust character makes it an excellent match for wine-resistant vegetables and a broad spectrum of dishes. Its versatility complements everything from delicate sushi to hearty grilled meats. Whether served chilled as a refreshing aperitif or enjoyed alongside a feast, the Rihaku 'Wandering Poet' Sake is a fitting homage to its namesake, turning each sip into a poetic experience. Celebrate the art of sake with this exquisite brew at your next gathering or a quiet moment of reflection, honoring the poetic spirit that inspires us all.


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