Daruma Masamune 20YO Sake
Daruma Masamune are held in very high regard in the sake world when it come to rich styles of aged sake. They brew sake that is high in umami, amino acid and sweetness and then age in both bottle and large storage tanks at the ambient temperature of the brewery. The temperature fluctuates from near freezing in winter to about 26 degrees celsius in summer and it’s these special conditions that help create the rich and unctuous style of sake that Daruma is reknowned for.
It’s hard to believe you are drinking sake. The nose is a slightly restrained chocolate, shoyu, takuan pickle and Christmas cake but just wait until you taste the rich, deep, earthy palate. Burnt caramel, Malaysian coffee, 90% dark couverture, hints of fine brandy and madeira with a texture of Hugh Hefner's velvet smoking jacket. Take a sip and reminisce where you were 20 years ago.