I simply served a nice chilled bottle of Takasago - Morning Glow along with...Asparagus, Garlic and Tomato Vegetable Risotto & seared (then steamed) Sea Bass that I slightly seasoned with Rice Vinegar,Sesame Seeds, Meyer Lemon Olive Oil, & a pinch of garlic. Total "party on my tongue" happened with this pairing...
Morning Glow was an instant favorite of mine when I first tasted this Ginjo Sake last year. It's a perfect Sake for Sauvignon Blanc and dry white wine drinkers...there's such a clean and spring-like aroma on the nose and the sake tastes a bit like creamy lemon pie - just a hint. Man it is so incredibly delicious. We had to open another after dinner!
Here are the technical notes on Morning Glow:
Quality Grade: Tokubetsu Junmai (at least 30% of rice grain polished away, "Tokubetsu" = "Special")
Seimaibuai: 58% (42% of rice grain polished away)
Rice: Mayama Nishiki
Yeast Iwate: #2
Tasting Notes: Pleasant aromas of earthy rice and fresh lychee nuts. On the palate, it has a wonderful viscous, creamy texture with hints of lemon peel and sandalwood. The flavors are pure and very long, yet this sake still retains a crispness tot he finish - a remarkable Tokubetsu Junmai sake.
Brewery Name: Takasago Shuzo (founded in 1899).
Brewery Location: Hokkaido Prefecture
Toji (Master Brewer): Tokujiro Sasaki
Notable Facts: Brewed with water born of pure melted snow on Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido by the producer of Ginga Shizuku "Divine Droplets". Suggested Retail Price: $30
Cheers ( 声援) - Ali