The nose is fresh and fruity, the mouth is soft, creamy, not too much umami. The finish is clear and precise. It is a sophisticated sake and very well balanced. Raïfuku Aiyama being rather soft on the palate, it is very pleasant aperitif but also nice as an accompaniment with meals like pickled or smoked fish, vegetables, carpaccio, shellfish. Also with dessert, fruit, chocolate, sorbets.
The specialty of Raïfuku brewery is to use yeast from flowers, the "Hanakobo". For this sake, the yeast is derived from the flower of climbing rose. The Aiyama rice is also very interesting; it is a very rare strain and its starchy white heart (called Shimpaku in Japanese) is bigger than the one of Yamadanishiki!
Rather sweet and creamy
来福 純米吟醸 愛山 来福酒造（茨城県）
72cl - alc 15% vol.