In my efforts to learn more about Japanese culture, I’ve been trying a range of different drinks native to the Land of the Rising Sun. What I’ve come to love about sake is how complex it is. There are as many contradictions as there are questions about it. With so many different varieties, it’s interesting to taste sake based on the flavours and where it was made in Japan.
Dessert sake is an intriguing subset. Considered sweeter than other forms of sake, there are many bottles to try. Nakajima Shiroku Yuzushu is a dessert sake I tasted recently. Read on to find out what my thoughts are.
Why did I choose the bottle?
The Nakajima Shiroku Yuzushu was featured as part of the sake masterclass course at Manchester’s Peter Street Kitchen. The bottle has a striking label with golden kanji and yuzu on the side. It conjures images of a tropical kind of drink.
The sake is fruity on the nose, with hints of citrus. A powerful wave of sweetness comes through on the first sip. This might be off putting for some people, but I like how tangy it is. Lemon is the dominant flavour, which reminded me of the taste of limoncello.
A softness creeps it on the palate. The yuzu juice within the sake comes alive and creates a syrupy texture at the back of the throat. It has the effect of having different layers of sweetness.
I’d recommend having the Shiroku Yuzu as an after-dinner liqueur or it being mixed into a cocktail. For a food pairing, I could see it going well with any type of cheesecake.
As a junmai sake, the Shiroku Yuzu is sure to please nihonshu purists that have a sweet tooth. Get a bottle for yourself and let me know what you think in the comments!
Seimaibuai/Rice Polishing Rate: 100%