Dry Japanese sake - 100% pure rice wine
This ōkarakuchi (literally ‘big dry mouth’) sake from the brewery Akishika Shuzō is the complete negation of most dry sake available in Japan. Whereas the latter tend to be light and dry (tanrei karakuchi), Akishika dry sake is rich and profound, full-bodied, with pronounced acidity. This very dry ginjō sake is close to the dry end of the Sake Meter Value, but does not taste extremely dry because of the high levels of acidity and umami. It shows greater depths as it ages. Unpasteurised, unfiltered, undiluted. Drink at all temperatures.
This sake great with fish.
Akishika Shuzō is one of a handful of breweries that follow the wine chateau concept. Practically all the rice used is grown right around the brewery by the owner himself and about 20 contracted local farmers. It was founded in 1886 and has under the present owner/headbrewer Oku Hiroaki acquired itself a reputation amongst connoisseurs of a brewery making top-quality sake with an outspoken dry and robust character. The brewery boasts a huge maturation storage, where Oku leisurely ages some of the best matured sake to be found. Akishika Shuzō limits itself to making strictly pure sake (junmaishu) without any additives.