Daimon 35 Junmai Daiginjo Shizuku Signature Edition - Parts 1,2 & 3
大門 35純米大吟醸 雫
The "Daimon 35 Junmai Daiginjo Shizuku" 200 years of sake-making experience and rice milling technology to create the base Daimon 35 Junmai Daiginjo. Using the gravity-drip method (known as ‘Shizuku’), Daimon brewery is able to produce a special version of the Daimon 35 Junmai Daiginjo, one of the most delicate, delectable sakes on the market. Each bottle is numbered and signed by Mr. Daimon himself!
Even though 'Shizuku' is precious to a sake brewery, Daimon has gone one step further and allowed their customers to enjoy the "Daimon 35 Junmai Daiginjo Shizuku" at different three parts allowing for three different experiences from the same Moromi (sake mash). This is seldom done at any sake brewery!
This presents the perfect opportunity to conduct a blind taste test and to challenge your taste buds to distinguish which sake is which. Are you up for the challenge?
What are the three parts?
荒走り｜Arabashiri (1st Part): As soon as the moromi(sake mash) is left hanging in the gravity-drip bags, the immediate/ first part flows through. This is called Arabashiri and it is rougher in texture.
中取り｜Nakatori (2nd/Middle Part): This is the middle part, known by many sake enthusiasts as the best of the best!
責め｜Seme (3rd Part): The 3rd part is produced with a little pressure applied to the gravity-drip bags, presenting a very interesting profile.
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Here is a short list for your ease of reference. If you come across to any terms which you don't understand on any sake purchased from us, please feel free to contact us, we are more than happy to assist.
This is aged sake. Not all sake can be aged and the result depends largely on the aging conditions. Although most aged sake becomes "sherry" like, there are some which are aged in ice cold conditions becomes dryer and richer in flavour. Because of the wide variety of results, it is best to consult with our sake specialist before buying a bottle of Ko Shu.
Also know as "cloudy sake". In nigori sake, the sake is passed through a coarser mesh allowing some of the lees (rice remnants) to pass through. The taste of nigori sake is less refined and more textured and rich. It goes very well with spicy food (such as Korean kimchi dishes).
Usually water is added to the pressed sake, thereby the alcohol level is diluted to 16 to 18%. For Genshu, water has not been added and the alcohol level will be around 20%, the natural rate for sake.
Normally water is added to sake after fermentation. For kijoushu, some sake is used in place of some of the water added. The result is a rich, dessert like sake that is often aged/. Many compares this with sherry and port.
Sake is usually pasteurized twice, once before storing in a tank and one before bottling. Nama shu is unpasteurised sake and must be stored in refrigerator.
Nama Chozo means that the sake is not pasteurized before storage in a tank, but is pasteurized before bottling.
Nama Zume :
Nama Zume is pasteurized before storage in a tank but not pasteurized again before bottling.
After fermentation, sale is pressed. There are different methods of pressing, which will yield different tasting sake. Funashibori is sake pressed in a traditional wooden box and not with a pressing machine.
Shizuku is sake "pressed" by allowing it to drip from cotton bags, with no pressure applied. It is more time consuming and costly than other pressing methods
After fermentation, sale is pressed. There are different methods of pressing, which will yield different tasting sake. Arabashiri is the first one third of the sake yield, which run off under the pull of gravity alone when pressing with a fune or wooden box.
Nakadori is the "middle" yield of the sake. It is the next third of the sake yield after arabashiri. This is often considered the best.
Seme is the "final" yield of the sake. It is the last third of the sake after nakadori. It often considered the least desirable due to it's deep bitter taste.
Sake is put in 18 litre bottles (called "toubin") when pressed. This term implies that the sake is pressed with a wooden box ("fune") or drip pressed ("shizuku")
We will add to this list as it goes.