Rice: Gohyakumangoka, Gin-Ohmi
Tasting Notes: Honeydew, Anise, Apple, Banana
This sake is named after Hanako, or “Flower Maiden,” the most famous Japanese koi fish that lived for 226 years in the snowy, icy waters at the foot of Japan’s Mt. Ontake. The Snow Maiden is a lush and chewy nigori (cloudy sake), but it is still surprisingly dry. Bright opaque milky-white in color, medium-to-full body, bold acid, with honey baked apple, Asian pear, and praline notes. Finishes crisp and mellow.You will rarely taste a classier nigori at this price. Pair with bonbons and petit fours.