The aromas are clean and fresh with hints of anise and sweet rice. In the mouth, this sake has an incredibly elegant, silky texture and flavors of honeydew and anise, with a hint of pineapple. The finish seems to go on and on but never gets tiring.
The name of this sake was inspired by Chinese legends of a mythical and magical creature named Kirin. The Kirin is a symbol of serenity and prosperity, the herald of auspicious events. According to legend, it appears only rarely, and only to mark the beginning of a new era - the birth of a virtuous ruler or sage, for example. Just like the mythical Kirin, Kanbara's "Kirin" brand signifies happiness, serenity, and goodness. The best Yamada Nishiki rice and pure mountain water from the Oku-Aizu and Echigo mountains are used to make this wonderfully clean yet full-bodied Niigata sake.