September 2017 Cellar Choice

Whether it’s using wine yeast or prototype techniques, modern sakes from renowned prefectures are pushing the envelope.
By epicure
Published on Monday, 04 Sep 2017

SAWAHIME GOLD PROTOTYPE 2016

Prefecture: Tochigi

Hiroshi Inoue, the fifth generation owner/brewer of Sawahime, was in Singapore in 2014 when he discovered a love for laksa and satay. He felt his sakes did not match well to the strong flavours, leading to the GOLD Prototype using a tricky ratio of 85% koji to develop a more intense and fig-like flavour. The sweetness and umami of this first batch has spurred him to develop a sparkling Prototype for 2017. $70 from COMO Market Place