Experimenting with Sparkling Sake

Hou Hou Shu Sparkling Sake

Hou Hou Shu Sparkling Sake

Several months ago, I bought several bottles of sake to participate in a Wine Blogging Wednesday #72, which focused on helping Japan after the earthquake.  I’m not sure what happened to other bloggers, but for whatever reason, it doesn’t seem as if WBW ever happened.  I know I just ran out of time and never had a chance to taste, much less write-up a post about the sake.  Two weekends ago, though, while drinking with my Wine Ladies, I decided it was time to open a bottle.  Not being a big sake fan, I was a bit hesitant, but I also knew that if there was ever a group willing to experiment, it would be these ladies.  So, we all had our first experience with sparkling sake.

Hou Hou Shu sparkling sake (website) was a pale yellow color with bubbles that clung to the sides of the glass.  On the nose, there was a musty, mushy smell.  In the mouth, there were peaches and nectarines.  The sake had a fizzy rather than bubbly feel, with a good body.

Is this worth a glass after work? It’s worth more than one!  What are you waiting for? At $13 for 300ml, this sake is like nothing I ever tasted before.  It’s both tactile and tasty, almost like drinking a refreshing, alcoholic, carbonated peach juice.  No one in the group is a sake fan, yet we were practically fighting over who could finish the rest of the bottle.  I will definitely be on the lookout for this sake, as it is certainly a drink that I would like to have again.

Question of the Day: Are you a sake drinker?  

Price: $13
Purchased at ShopWineDirect
Overall: 5 Corks


  1. says

    No I am not and that is a problem as we are importers of Italian wines and have a number of customers that are sushi restaurants.

    Would appreciate any idea for a crash course and then ongoing places to visit.

    We are looking to purchase.



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