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During the 19th Century, French travelers started to visit Japan, which had finally opened its doors to the West. A deep friendship blossomed between these two cultures known for their taste and sophistication, establishing a respectful and long-lasting complicity.

Heavensake sake is a reflection of this exchange. It is perhaps the first time a product has been jointly developed by both great Japanese masters and distinguished French creators. The world’s first Junmai Ginjo is blended by Régis Camus, cellar master of Piper-Heidsieck since 1994 and eight-time winner of the Sparkling Winemaker of the Year award, in collaboration with sake brewery Urakasumi,

Heavensake is made of rice, water and koji. It is three times less acidic than wine, gluten-free and contains no added sugars, sulphites or preservatives, the company says. The Junmai Ginjo is a blend of three types of rice all from the same prefecture, Miyagi-ken: Yamadanishiki, Toyonishiki and Kuranohana rice.

GSN recommends that you try this for your next celebration as a change of pace from champagne or wine. With Valentine’s Day coming up in a few weeks, make sure you order a bottle now.

HeavenSake (15% ABV)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: Sweet apple and plum notes with a hint of salinity. Quite fresh and vibrant.
Taste: Exceptionally smooth, with a light tang of tropical fruit. As the flavors expand, there is a soft salted melon-like quality that keeps the palate clean.
Finish: Elegant and fairly short. The after effect is of a lightly peppered, low alcohol vodka.
Overall: Definitely one of the better sakes on the market. Each aspect is well-balanced and in concert with one another.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Heavensake