Ginga Shizuku Divine Droplets Junmai Daiginjo
Grade: Junmai Daiginjo
Rice Type: Dewasansan
Rice Polishing Ratio: 50%
Brewery Location: Yamagata
Suggested Pairings: Smoked Salmon, Olive Tapenade, and Bruschetta
The Brewery was founded in 1597, making it one of the oldest active breweries in Japan. After the Kojima family became the exclusive purveyor of sake to the famous Uesugi samurai clan, the Kojima family became known as samurai royalty. Pretty cool, right?
Formerly, when the weather was right, the brewers would build an ice dome to drip-filter the sake inside of it. Drip-filtration, called “shizuku,” produces a sake of extreme finesse.
However, due to climate change the ice dome is no longer sustainable. But rather than let the Divine Droplets legacy fade, Takasago has given shizuku specialist Toko the green light to take up the mantle. Toko is replicating the conditions of the ice dome in a more controlled environment to create a consistently high-quality sake.
Divine Droplets Junmai Daiginjo truly deserves such a name. It is flawless, yet incredibly persistent with refreshing and pure with notes of pineapple, white peach, green apple, lily and a hint of white pepper.
The purity of the region of Yamagata shines in this sake, with the crispness of their pristine water, the grassy, spicy quality of dewasansan rice, and the opulent textures derived from shizuku free run finishing.