Made by infusing ume plum into Sake with a pinch of sea salt
ABV: 7%, 720ml
Produced in: Shiga
Alcohol base: Sake
Profile: Sweet 1/5, Light 3/5
Shio Ume is packed with plum, salt and savoury notes - and a hint of mushroom umami on the finish.
Salt brings out the flavour of plum; for Shio Ume, the brewers use the traditional salt-making method featuring "Umi no Sei", a type of salt full of natural minerals. Added pinch of natural sea salt brings a depth into this tasty plum wine.
Drink: on the rocks, with fruit salad or use it in cocktails
Tasting experience of SHIO UME
The plum wine is nicely brewed, amber in colour, clear and crystalline. It comes in a translucent frosted bottle, which gives it a gentle and tranquil feel. On the nose, it has an aroma of plums mixed with nuts (similar to almonds). On the palate, it has a fruity sweetness and softness with the intensity of the wine. The two flavours are blended together in a particularly intoxicating way. I drank this wine on a summer evening in London, with the early summer evening breeze. There is a Chinese poem that came to mind when I was drinking this wine: 'The wind makes the spring warbler chicks grow, the summer rains make the plums fat, and the shade envelops the ground in the round under the dense trees'.（Chinese:风老莺雏，雨肥梅子，午阴嘉树清圆。Japanese: 風は古くて若く、雨はふっくらと降り、午後の陰は立派な木々でいっぱいです。)
Wonderful, subtle plum flavour. Easy drinking and refreshing, not as sweet as some other Ume's I have tried.
SHIO UME TASTING
Tasted this with the Ebisu Fuku Ume to contrast the two. This has an interesting salty honeyed aroma. Lovely combination of plum and cherry to taste, with a real depth of flavour. With only 7% alcohol, it would be a very good alternative to stronger liqueurs and works nicely with ice.