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Mr Goh recommends some sakes and provides tips on what to pair them with.
Kamoizumi Shusen Junmai Ginjo
ST Wine price: $59 (usual price: $70)
Volume: 720ml This sake, which has represented the Kamoizumi sake brewery's style since 1972, is not carbon filtered. The result is a golden yellow brew with the fragrance of spices and fresh mushroom, with light hints of minerality.
Brewed using Hiroshima Hattan Shisenbon rice, it is markedly different from the usual fruity and floral styles of ginjos. This sake has earthy notes with a rich and cream-like texture. Drink chilled or warm it up to 45 deg C.
Food pairing: Meat dishes such as braised duck. This junmai ginjo is robust enough to pair with spicy dishes such as mapo tofu.
Keigetsu John Sparkling Sake Daiginjo
ST Wine price: $93 (usual price: $116)
Volume: 750ml This sparkling sake from Keigetsu, a brewery in the Kochi prefecture, is almost champagne-like in its dryness and the delicacy of its bubbles. Sparkling sake is starting to gain popularity, the result of an industry effort to standardise and improve its quality in Japan.
Food pairing: Savoury appetisers or small bites such as jamon Iberico or salted egg chips.
Senkin Modern Muku Junmai Daiginjo
ST Wine price: $59 (usual price: $80)
Volume: 720ml This sake is made using Yamada Nishiki, a high-quality short-grained rice.
On the nose, there is an intense perfume of ripe fruit such as peach and pear. It is well-structured with plenty of body and juicy sweetness that is big on fruit flavours.
This is a junmai daiginjo worth buying as it offers exceedingly good value.
Food pairing: Claypot rice, especially with plenty of Chinese sausage and generously drizzled with dark soya sauce.
Kiminoi Junmai Daiginjo Yamahai
ST Wine price: $78 (usual price: $96)
Volume: 720ml For a sake that is sturdy and holds its own when paired with pungent and spicy food, this is certainly one to put in your shopping cart. On the nose, it is soft and playful with stone fruit aromas and cedar. The taste is elegant and clean.
Food pairing: Versatile in terms of food pairing and a good match for grilled seafood such as grilled stingray with sambal belacan.
Imayotsukasa Koi Nishikigoi
ST Wine price: $134 (usual price: $148)
Volume: 720ml The type and grade of rice used to make this sake is deliberately kept secret to allow the drinker to be surprised and appreciate the sake's flavour and aroma without the bias of description. It is crisp and flavourful.
Food pairing: Excellent with Teochew-style steamed fish.
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