In a nutshell: A 72cl bottle of an enjoyably refreshing and flavoursome sake from Akashi-Tai in Osaka Bay.
The lowdown: Akashi-Tai's Honjozo sake uses Gohyakumangoku rice which is milled down to just 60% of it's original size which makes for a sake that's full of tropical fruit notes, some earthy flavours and a nice creaminess. It's got a light and smooth body and is traditionally served warm.
While Akashi-Tai first started trading as long ago as 1856 it wasn't until 1918 that they started making sake. They're based in the town of Akashi a coastal town just west of Kobe. In step with their artisanal approach they take pride in using the best ingredients, in particular the Yamada-Nishiki rice variety which is known for producing good sake. While they brew by hand in small batches using traditional methods and equipment they're certainly open to modern developments whenever it gives an opportunity to improve things. An example of this being their Genmai Aged Sake the first ever made using brown rice. Akashi-Tai continue to be a trailblazer for authentic Japanese sake and their products are ideal examples of what a good sake should be.