Takatenjin "Soul of the Sensei" Junmai Daiginjo (720ml) SKU #1129482


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Tasting Notes

Takantenjin Soul of the Sensei is a special Junmai Daiginjo brewed in memory of former Takatenjin Master Toji Shokichi Hase. Toji Hase worked tirelessly at the same brewery for over 40 years--which in itself is surely an achievement worth honoring. He was also one of the four famous toji known as the "Four Guardians of Heaven” of the prestigious Noto Toji Guild. (Toji guilds are small groups of notable tojis whose main objectives are to educate and train successors, to refine skills, and to uphold and improve the reputation of the sake from their region.) The brewery continues its former sensei's traditions with this clean, dry, and rich brew, which is considered one of Japan's most highly regarded sake. It exudes aromas of clean honeydew rind, grainy rice, with a touch of earth. The impact on the palate is soft and rich but not cloying. A gentle sweetness envelops the tongue while the clean, high-strung acidity does the work. It has loads of body but is able to maintain tightness and structure. While spicy honeydew and dry anise dominate up front, the finish is dry with good spicy white pepper and jasmine notes.

Staff Reviews

  • Stephen Allison
    By: Stephen Allison
    K&L Staff Member
    Served yuki-hie (40 degrees), Soul of the Sensei boasts strong aromas of melon, lychee, bubblegum and nectarine. Hints of apricot and rice flour are revealed once the sake warms to hana-hie (50 degrees). Texture is viscous but not heavy with a tingle in the back of the palate. Flavors of melon, mochi and clover honey can be tasted long into its finish. Moderate amounts of umami and acidity means this daiginjo is robust enough to be paired with richer foods such as salty hard cheeses, prosciutto, and pesto, yet not so structured as to overpower sashimi. Soul of the Sensei is not a daiginjo going for ultimate elegance but with this much flavor, who cares? Delicious, juicy and wonderful served chilled with salty dishes.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    The first word that came to my mind when I tasted this sake was "pure". The Takatenjim is clean, delicious and multidimensional. It should please any lover of sake. On the dry side, it will go well alone or with lighter foods.


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