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YK3 Yu Junmai Nama Genshutext
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16/20

YK3 Yu Junmai Nama Genshu NV

British Columbia, CanadaHeady pear, anise, orange creamsicle fills the cloudy, glycerine-filled palate of this Nama (unpasteurized) sake. Grapefruit zest seasons and lush melon fills the punchy palate. The finish lingers with pickled ginger heat. It is also Junmai (no added alcohol at all), and Genshu (undiluted with water), key translations to know if you're new to the sake nomenclature. YK3, so named because the Toji (brewmaster) and two founders all share these two initials, is based in Richmond, BC. The rice is Calrose, imported from Sacremeto, California, where most of the North American sake rices are sourced from. Since this is a Nama sake, it needs to be refrigerated at every point along its journey, including restaurant / store shelves, and your home. Unpasteurized sake is not inherently better or worse than pasteurized sake; it is a stylistic choice. I would choose to pair this with savoury Japanese custards or mushroom saut├ęs.Tasted: 21 March 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices:
BC$20.00375mlprivate wine shops
Producer: YK3 SakeGrape: RiceCSPC: 480913