Another decent sake, Gekkeikan “Black and Gold”!
After tasting “G Sake”, we hit another good one. This is from Gekkeikan USA and is Junmai Ginjou. Although this one is not as complex as “G sake” and will not compete with high-end premium sake, this is surprisingly good and pleasant.
The nose has faint cooked rice note but pleasant. From this nose, I was expecting the usual overly yeasty taste but the palate is clean with a fruity note (melon?) and a hint of sweetness. It gives a nice pleasant mouth feel. Finish is rather short. This is not an overly complex or sophisticated sake (I do not think this was meant to be that) but very drinkable and pleasant. This will not make it to our top choices but this is a good everyday sake and, for sure, better than “Haiku”. With some good “Otsumami” drinking snacks, this sake is an excellent down-to-earth sake to enjoy, just perfect for Izakaya (even the traditional “tokkuri” 徳利 sake container-shaped bottle).
After tasting “G sake” and “Black and Gold”, I am seeing some parallel to “the battle of French vs. American wines” here. In a few years, some of the American brewed sake may win in a blind tasting against Japanese sake, which, thereafter, may be known as “the judgement of Tokyo“. Mark my words. Watch out “Fudo” 不動 and “Juyondai” 十四代! Hope I can say in the near future, “Remember I said that way back when”. (Probably NOT!)