I just happened to see this cute bottle of sake with a cat illustration on it at my local supermarket. Cat person can relate, whenever you a design or illustration resembles the shape of a cat it just catches your attention immediately. The round lines and the white fluffy look really do add cuteness to the art, right?! But when I take a closer look, isn’t the ears a bit long for a cat …? Then I saw the name of this sake: Mane Kitsune (“beckoning fox”). Oh. So, this isn’t a Maneki Neko (“beckoning cat”), but a fox!
Mane Kitsune comes from the common Japanese figurine “Maneki Neko”, which is believed to bring good luck to the owner. The brewery Tamanohikari was born in the year of 1673. Just like it’s Kitsune (fox) design giving a twist to the beloved “Maneki Neko”, always trying new things and accepting new challenges maybe the key to success for this brewery and to thrive through its more that 340 years of history.
The Junmai Ginjo itself tastes very refreshing and a bit on the acidic side. The flavour is not cloying and feels like it will be a great match with seafood!