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Mar
10

Ozeki hana-awaka sparkling sake

While I am usually not a fan of sparkling wines, the Ozeki Sparkling Sake was probably my favorite sake of the evening. As I mentioned in the last blog posting, I have never tasted sake before. So when I held my first glass in my hand, I had no idea what to expect. 

Not surprisingly, it did not taste or smell like the masterful blends that I last blogged about. I was taken off guard a little at first by the smell – it smelled moldy. But I learned that the mold is a vital process in producing sake, and they definitely do not taste like they smell. 

The smell wasn’t all mold. It smelled a bit like a pear with a bit of raspberry. This was also the taste. Thankfully it wasn’t yeasty like many sparkling wines seem to be. The flavor was also a lot more pronounced than sparkling wines I have had in the past. It was definitely a more fruity sake and was light on the alcohol, and definitely my favorite of the night.

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