|Spirits Style||Junmai Daiginjo|
A sake reminiscent of pourriture noble (noble rot) wines like Sauternes, Gen is best enjoyed in the same situations as such wines. It works as a dessert wine or after-dinner drink, while showing good affinity with foods such as sautéed foie gras, meat dishes with lightly sweet sauces made using Madeira, Marsala, or Port wine, with blue cheeses like Roquefort and Gorgonzola, or with gnocchi or pasta topped with blue cheese sauces. Drink it with ice or well chilled in a wine cooler. The name Gen means "original" or "foundation," reflecting the Genroku era, when both Katsuyama sake brewery and this style of sake were born.
Established in 1688, Katsuyama is a sake brewery with traditions lasting well over three century. They were established to brew the upscale sake enjoyed exclusively by the feudal lords of the Sendai domain, where was founded by Japan's Most famous samurai & military commander Date Masamune. To this day, Katsuyama carries on he reputation and tradition of its origins as a brewery for the lords.