The sake I bought this time is called Yamahōshi (山法師) and it is said to be the driest sake in Japan.
But what does dry mean when it comes to Japanese sake?? In order to find out, I also bought Tatenogawa (楯野川), another sake made in the same region, Yamagata Prefecture.
Hiroshi and I drank together and tried to compare the two types of sake. Let’s say that Yamahōshi has a dry, astringent aftertaste, while Tatenogawa has a soft taste, a taste that you can only find in a popular sake!
Apparently, the dryness of white wine is not the same as the dryness of sake.
Wanting to make a thorough comparison, we brought in some sashimi as well, but we ended up getting drunk, and we both agreed on this conclusion:
Tatenogawa is very good!
…a pretty useless report.
Being amateurs, we surrendered in front of the popular sake. Yamahōshi has such a complex, difficult to describe, philosophical taste; it’s not for everyone, but who likes it really likes it.
If you are trying sake for the first time, I recommend you Tatenogawa; if you had sake several times, Yamahōshi. They are both tasty and you can buy them for a rather reasonable price.
Please, give them a try!