As reported last month, un-brand brand Muji released a Muji sake again in 2017, this time on December 22. Luckily I live nearby the flagship in Yurakucho, so I managed to pick up a bottle on launch day before they sold out. Let's have some Muji-branded sake!
It's worth noting here that this Muji sake (officially named simply "Nihonshu") is a genshu, i.e. it has no added water. In terms of abv that comes to 17%, so pretty solid. There's no filtration involved either. In a proper sake review I'd try the whole range. Served cold, served room temperature, and served warm/hot. But a genshu? Meh, not really meant for atsukan. That's for stuff in the 13-14% range. So I'll go ahead and skip the warm one here.
Dryness/sweetness: There's no official figure from the maker, but my guess is around +4 SMV.
Bitterness/tartness: I'll have to ding this one here a bit -- it's a tad too round for me. I could use a tad more bite in it.
Acidity: Again no official number but my guess is 1.7ish for acidity. If you like a good umami in your sake, this one is definitely for you. I'm thinking roasted bacon over a campfire.
Overall a very smooth and full-bodied sake! Should go great with red meat or something oily.
Whiskey Richard is the founder of nomunication.jp, and has been saying he has lived in Japan for ten years for the past four years. He enjoys drinking basically anything except straight-up Campari.