This is a Nigori sake, which means it was unfiltered and has more rice particles; this creates a cloudy sake with a distinctive sweet taste. This sake presents tropical notes of starfruit and guava on the palate with a refreshing burst of flavor; a mild herbal element comes through with juniper and sweet basil on the clean, crisp finish. Shake before serving chilled. The label is inspired by the Sado Island Noh poet Zeami.
|Grade: Junmai Ginjo (premium pure quality sake)
Region: Sado Island, Niigata
Nihonshu-do: -8 to -6 (sweet)
Rice & Seimaibuai: Koshitanrei 50% (50% of the rice milled away) and Koshiibuki 60%
|Obata Shuzo has been hand-making boutique premium sake since its founding in 1892, using pure, soft groundwater and world-famous sake rice. The kura (brewery) is still owned and managed by the Obata family. The toji (master brewer) is the acclaimed Kenya Kudo. The kura received Gold Medals at the National Sake Competition in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008, and received a Gold Medal at the International Wine Challenge in 2007.
The Obata family crest is Four Diamonds. These represent the three elements that are commonly held to be crucial in sake brewing: "Rice", "Water" and "Humans" (Brewers). In addition to the aforementioned three, the brewery takes into account the importance of "Climate and Nature" (Terroir). Their motto is to brew sake where the "four treasures" may work harmoniously to produce a well balanced product.