What does Chris Johnson look for in sake?
I look for balance — the idea that what you smell on the nose is what you get on the palate, so it has a nice, smooth balance. It’s similar to when you have a wine or other beverages that can have off flavors; ideally with sake it would be the same thing — you don’t want to have a flavor jump out that’s totally out of whack to the rest of the sake. You want to have a nice balance. It can be fruity. There’s nothing wrong with sake having a lot of fruit, but you want it to be in balance. If I smell melon and I taste melon and pineapple, that’s great. But if I smell rice and I taste tropical fruit, it’s a little bit weird.