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On Friday, March 23rd, between the unholy hours of 12:00 to 14:00, I went to the Tasting party held in honour of the Shizuoka Governor’s Sake Brewery Awards (approximate translation) in the company of two new converts, Mark from England, and Ethan from the U.S.
I personally was planning to taste only the two winners as I had to be bak at work by 15:00 after gallons of coffee!

The winner of the Junmai Section was a Suginishiki Junmai Dai Ginjo by Sugii Brewery
Rice: Hyogo Yamada Nishiki
Milling: down to 40%
Dryness: +1
Acidity: 1.2

Colour: Transparent with shades of amber
Clarity: Very clear
Body: Light but solid

Aroma: pears
Taste: Pears trning petillant. Masculine impression. Some welcome acidity. Typical of Sugii Brewery

The winner of the Gunjo Section was a Dai Ginjo by Fujinishiki Brewery
Rice: Yamada Nishiki
Milling: down to 40%
Dryness: +4
Acidity: 1.2~

Colour: very transparent
Clarity: absolutely clear
Body: solid

Aroma: subtle flowers
Taste: very sophisticated, lots of sweet flowers, especially « kuchinashi » (gardenia)

I did taste a few more I have rarely the occasion to such as Shusseijo and Aoitenka (the latter very distinctive) from Hamamatsu City.
I manage to direct the media onto my better-looking friends and did some necessary « socializing », securing an interview with Doi Brewery (Kaiun) and Hana No Mai in the process. Met some good friends and made new ones among the Saketen owners.

Quite an interesting experience, although some people had nothing to do there. That is the danger of a free tasting party!

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