Rare & Interesting Sake
Sake is a truly wonderful thing, not only for what it brings to the palate but also the complex and difficult process involved in its production. Its probably the most refined drink made from cereal grains in the world.
I once read that a truly great Sake should be as refreshing as a glass of water. I don't know if that's entirely true but it can definitely be applied to some Nihonshu and some Nihonshu even transcend this ideal.
What I'm looking for are your favorite Sake that are either rare, or unique in taste, or both. Sake that truly set themselves apart from the rest of the pack.
I do not know what "interesting" means but I live in Los Angeles. Sake is easily available. I do not consider myself an expert of sake but I prefer cold to warm sake. For cold sake, I suggest you try hakkaisan. It is available in restaurants but I cannnot find it anywhere else in LA. It can be mail ordered from San Francisco. Its about $70-100 a bottle in the restaurants depending on the size. For something easier on the wallet, you can try hakutsuru sho une or otokoyama. They run between $20-$26 for 720 ml. I like these because they have a fairly clean finish. the higher the price, the cleaner the finish.
I live near Orlando Florida and ANY good quality sake is rare. Yes, there are a few decent US brands around, but finding real high quality Japanese sake is as rare as an honest politician.
Last year I went to visit some old friends in Japan and we ended up in the mountains at a small brewer, doing the whole yukimi no zake thing..... paradise I might say.