Brewed at Domaine Senkin (Senkin Shuzo) in Sakura City, Tochigi Prefecture by brothers Kazuki and Masato Usui, who have a progressive style upholding their mantra of “do nothing unnecessary” and espousing the concept of Domaine or Estate use of natural resources and traditional techniques. The Nature series is a limited edition and the label design is a graphic image of an origami folded crane – each release in the range Un, Deux, Trois, Quatre & Cinq has a different stage in the origami folding process visually depicted. The name Senkin has an auspicious meaning referencing the Japanese Crane which is seen as a divine messenger from God.
Made from locally grown, heirloom variety Kame no O rice. Rice Vintage 2017.
Rice Polishing Ratio 90% .
Junmai Classification – this is not stated on the bottle as the brewery does not want drinkers to be swayed by pre-conceptions about classification and style. Genshu – undiluted, Muroka – unfiltered, Kimoto style fermentation starter, Brewed in wooden tank.
720ml Bottle Size.
ABV 14 %.
Aromas of raisin and dried fruit with a dash of spice.
Soft fruity sweetness wraps smoothly sound the palate. There is a central vein of fine-grained sourness that provides a counter point and a natural lead into some pleasant umami on the finish. A very elegant and delicious sake resulting from a long, cold ferment.
This sake would match well with a wide range of dishes as it has a great flavour spectrum. Try with your favourite Chinese dishes like lobster or crab with ginger and spring onion and braised noodles. It will be good with a Thai green curry, Malaysian chicken curry or a seafood paella. Grilled chicken, steak and seafood straight from the barbecue have heightened umami and spicy notes that will work well with this sake. Its elegance means that it will also sit alongside a platter of charcuterie, cheese and pickles with equal grace.
Serve chilled, at room temperature or warmed. A sake that has different flavours coming to the fore at different temperatures.
Store in a cool dark place and if possible keep refrigerated.