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"The sake of Akishika Shuzo is very highly regarded, both in Japan and across the world, and due to the tiny production, these bottles are highly sought after. We're very happy to finally be able to offer you a few more sake from Akishika, starting with this wonderful Omachi junmai. Omachi rice is one of the oldest pure (not cross-bred) rice varieties in Japan, and has been used in sake brewing since at least the middle of the 19th century. It has been gaining in popularity in recent years and is prized for its more earthy expression, in contrast to the more fruity and floral Yamadanishiki. This example from Akishika comes from rice that the brewery grows themselves, and is bursting with the typical Akishika dryness, high acidity, and intensity on the palate. On the nose it opens with a hint of dashi, followed by lemon peel, under ripe apricot, a slight floral note, with some notes of cedar and something woodsy, something fibrous. The palate is where this sake really shines, bringing that mouthfilling intensity and sharpness (almost severeness; I wouldn't drink this without food) while maintaining the complexity of flavors and textures." - Oskar Kostecki