The name Ichiban might be associated with “Lipstick for Men” for fans of a certain early noughties sit-com, but in Japan it is far more likely to suggest high quality Sake – such as we have here.
This is a tart style of Junmai Sake, produced using Asahi and Koji (malted rice) rice varieties. These are polished down to 60% of its original size, which reduces adverse flavours.
The sake serves up notes of fresh citrus fruit, some white grape acidity, green apples, fragrant white rice and a slightly yeasty funk.
Crisp and somewhat bitter, this would make for a perfect accompaniment to white seafood.
The Sake is beautifully presented with a sense of Japanese style, tradition and harmony.