Voted “Perfect Sake for a Gift” in 2012’s UK Sake Awards and winner of Silver Award at IWC 2013, Golden Amber is a superb example of a koshu or aged sake.
Sake is usually drunk within a year or so of its bottling date: the aging process is delicate and fraught with complication, so aged sake is very rare making up less than 1% of all the sake produced in Japan.
Sake must be aged for a minimum of three years to be called koshu, Golden Amber far exceed this at 12 years: eight in tank and then a final four years in an oak barrel designed for aging bourbon. Wood aging is quite rare in the sake world, most koshu is aged either in tank or in bottle, never meeting wood.
The resulting beverage is extraordinary: dark amber in colour with a beguiling toffee/almond nose. Exceptionally well balanced and smooth with rich, deep flavours of smoky oak, vanilla, caramel and spices, all reminiscent of a single malt whisky (but with less than half the alcohol, acidity and calories!)
Golden Amber is a wonderful after dinner treat; a welcome alternative to the stronger, more traditional digestives. It also pairs fabulously with rich pork dishes and hard, mature cheeses. Try a bottle – you won’t regret it!