Nose: Bright melon/cantaloupe and very light floral with honey sweetness. As it comes to room temperature, a gentle presence of alcohol makes itself known.
Taste: Medium to medium-dry. Melon, again, up front fades into sweeter fruits (faint pineapple mixed with white grape and lychee) and white flower balanced nicely by alcohol on the back end.
It’s important to note that this sake changes radically upon sitting a day after opening. Drinking it directly after twisting off the cap (out of the bottle or via an intermediary cup/glass) is fine, but exposing its contents to air and then refrigerating it for a day emboldens the best in this junmai.
Brewery: Kizakura (Kyoto)
This sake is relatively inexpensive at $13-$16 retail (Joe Canal’s in Lawrenceville, NJ) and has become one of my go-tos for both its taste and price point. A lovely sipping sake.