If you are looking for sake that can be served chilled and coupled with almost all types of food, then Hatsumago is a good choice. Hatsumago translates as ‘The First Grandchild’. It is a Junmai Kimoto by Yamagata Prefecture’s Tohoku Meijo. The drink is made in the traditional style and is considered to be high grade sake.
The sake has a subtle fragrance that is a bit floral and suggests the light note of rice husk. It sets a great setting to the taste that is to follow. Your first sip of Hatsumago will reveal its light and smooth texture. The alcohol is kind of fruity and sweet, and is dry. As you enjoy the flavor and body of the sake you will be surprised by the slight tail at the end.
It is crucial that the drink is served and kept chilled, as at room temperature it loses some of its flavor and texture. It has an SMV of +3.0 and acidity of 1.3. SMV or Sake Meter Value describes how dry (higher values) or sweet (lower values) the drink is. It tastes best with seafood such as shrimp, smelt, oyster and octopus. Foods with cream based dips also bring out the best flavor of Hatsumago. It can also be served as a dessert drink.