With a name translated to "Demon Slayer," it's hardly surprising that Wakatake Onikoroshi Junmai Daiginjo is one of Japan's most famous sake exports. We'd estimate that the moniker was a marketing ploy by the Omuraya Brewing Company rather than a reflection of the texture or taste of this top-rated junmai daiginjo sake.
Despite an alcohol content of 16.5%, Wakatake Onikoroshi Junmai Daiginjo "Demon Slayer" is surprisingly sweet and fruity. (Doesn't exactly conjure images of samurais piercing swords through evil spirits, does it?)
The aromatics are subtle yet noteworthy, unleashing delicate plum, peach, and lychee scents upon opening. Serve in a wine glass instead of an ochoko and the aromas bloom even further.
At first sip, you'll sense a perfect balance between sweetness and dryness, as its sake meter value (SMV) of ±0 predicts. Many of its aromas come to life through the silky and creamy texture. You might catch hints of peach, pear, apple, melon, and even marshmallow or vanilla. The finish is crisp, adding a dash of citrus structure to the juicy fruit flavors.
Wakatake Demon Slayer sake pairs well with a variety of meat and fish dishes. Besides usual Japanese food choices like sushi and sashimi, try this junmai daiginjo with spicy & savory grilled meat dishes like bulgogi.
- Producer: Omuraya Brewing Company
- Prefecture: Shizuoka
- Category: Junmai Daiginjo
- Rice Polishing (Seimaibuai): 50%
- Rice: Yamadanishiki and Aichinokura
- ABV: 16.5%
- Sake Meter Value (SMV): ±0
- Acidity: 1.4
Frequently Asked Questions
Wakatake Onikoroshi Junmai Daiginjo has a sake meter value (SMV) of ±0. It's neither too sweet nor too dry, offering an excellent balance.
Wakatake Onikoroshi Junmai Daiginjo is best served cold, at about 40ºF to 60ºF. To fully experience its strong aromatics, serve in wine glass instead of an ochoko. You can also serve Demon Slayer sake warmed to 85ºF to 115ºF.
Wakatake Onikoroshi Junmai Daiginjo showcases semi-sweet fruit flavors including melon, peach, and lychee.
Onikoroshi is a Japanese word that roughly translates to "demon slayer" or "demon killer."