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Tasting Notes: Living Jewel

living-jewel-sake-4Tozai – Living Jewel

Produced in Kyoto’s ancient brewing town of Fushimi, known for its abundant supply of pure, pristine, and soft water from many nearby mountains. The label image is a Japanese “koi” whose vibrant colors and shimmering scales have earned them the moniker “living jewels”.

Tozai Living Jewel Sake Facts

Quality Grade: Junmai
Seimaibuai: 70% (30% of rice grain polished away)
Rice: Koshihikari
Yeast: Brewer’s Original
Nihonshu-do:6.5
Alcohol: 14.9%
Acidity: 1.6

Brewery Facts

Brewery Name: Kizakura
Toji (master brewer): Mr. Wakai
Also available in 300ml bottles.

Tozai Living Jewel Tasting Notes/Food Pairing:

The aromas of white grape, anise, persimmons and a hint of sweet rice are quite complex. These same flavors come rushing through the medium-bodied palate which has a slightly creamy texture followed by a hint of white pepper and fresh herbal notes. The long, clean finish makes this a great sippping sake as well as a companion to a wide range of foods. Versatile with fish and seafood preparations, as well as pork and poultry.

Try with:

  • Baked salmon with tarragon and fennel-seed butter
  • Grilled lobster with basil vinaigrette
  • Lemon and basil turkey scaloppine

Tozai Living Jewel Press:

89 Points, Silver Medal, “Highly Recommended”, Beverage Tasting Institute, February 2009