Without doubt, tears shed by dawn must be the lightest, most pure, and most refined, as must be any sake called after them. In sake production, rice milling (seimaibuai) is not unlike grape selection in making wine: the higher the polish, the greater the refinement, and (of course) the smaller the production. Beginning with Yamada Nishiki, considered the best sake rice, organically grow by Masayasu Tanaka, for Tears of Dawn it is milled to 50% of its original size so that all that remains is the pure stuff of great sake. The water of the Eastern Mountains, renowned for its sake-quality (the terroir of sake may be said to come from the water used in its production) brings a soft and clean feel and transparency to the flavors. The softest, subtlest style, it shows light cherry blossom, Asian pear, and lemongrass on the nose. The silky palate is lightly textured, soft as the tears of dawn, with banana, pineapple, Asian pear, balanced with light acidity and a refreshing finish of coconut water. From one of the smallest breweries in Japan, only about 700 cases of Tears of Dawn are bottled.
Pairing: Enjoy it with braised pork with persimmon, sea bass with a tangerine glaze, or black truffle and duck liver pâté.
VARIETY: YAMADA NISHIKI
REGION: Kyoto, JAPAN