This is an Onikoroshi ("Demon Slayer") sake, which means it is very dry. Medium-bodied sake with tantalizing fruit flavors and a pleasant earthiness on the mid-palate. Hints of mineral on the very dry finish. Best served slightly chilled and is wonderful with all types of meat.
|Grade: Tokubetsu Honjozo (special quality sake)
Region: Sado Island, Niigata
Nihonshu-do: over +15 (very dry)
Seimaibuai: 60% (40% of the rice milled away)
Rice: Gohyakumangoku & Koshiibuki
|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.