Junmai Nama-Chozo Sparkling – Tokimeki “Falling in love”
Tokimeki is a gorgeous, complex little bubbly that is rich and creamy, but very balanced, with aromas and flavors of toasted brioche, dried fruits, peach, and fresh cream. Tokimeki is brewed nama-zume¸ a technique that skips the second pasteurization before bottling. Before serving, gently tip the bottle to mix the sediments with the sake and obtain the full range of flavors, but don’t shake it – unless you want a foamy mess. The creamy texture is reminiscent of a blanc de blanc or a cream ale.
SMV: – 90 – Acidity: 5.5 – Alcohol content: 6.5%
About the Producer
Harushika, located in Nara City, Nara prefecture, was founded in 1884 by the Imanishi family, though the brewery’s history can be traced back to the 8th century as a private brewer of ceremonial sake for the Kasuga Shinto shrine. The brewery took the name Harashika (spring deer) from Kashuga, a deer deity and patron of and important shinto shrine located near the brewery. Nara is one of Japan’s most historic cities and served as Japan’s capital in the 8th century. Nara’s brewerys, including Harushika’s predecessors, were instrumental in creating the moro-haku process of using highly polished white rice for both koji and brewing – a process that is now standard for all modern sakes.
Harushika's motto could be translated to: ""Polish the rice, the water, the technique and the mind".