Shizuoka Sake Tasting 9/1~4: Fujinishiki Brewery


Nama Junmai Ginjo Genshu « Juku »

It has been a long time since I tasted a brew from Fujinishiki Brewery in Shibakawa Cho. When I saw that particular bottle in Matsukaya Department Store, I did not hesitate as for all their production, these are not always easy to find!

Fujinishiki Brewery: Nama Junmai Ginjo Genshu « Juku » (unaltered wahtsoever)
Rice milled down to 55%
Dryness: + 4
Acidity: 1.2
Alcohol: 17~18 degrees
Bottled in February 2008

Clarity: very clear

Colour: almost transparent

Body: velvety

Aroma: discreet. Sesame, biscuits, brown sugar, almonds, walnuts.

Taste: Dry, welcome acidity. Short tail. Almonds, nuts, walnuts,coffee beans, macadamia nuts, bitter chocolate, black sesame.
Turns drier with food.

Overall: Unusual taste for a Shizuoka sake.
Goes well with food, although taste tends to vary quickly from sweet to somewhat acid and dry.
Best enjoyed with food.
Mononofu No sato

This is the last posting before I go to France (I will be back on the 7th of September) and tis article is a bit special.
« Mononofu no Sato » is brew prepared by Fujinishiki Brewery in Shibakawa Cho for a group of sake lovers in Susono City, at the bottom of Mount Fuji. As there is no brewery in Susono City, the Association for the Promotion of Sake in Susono City asked Fujinishiki to produce sake made exclusively with rice grown in Susono and water collecte in the same city. This year’s particular batch was made in July.

Name: « Susono no Meishu », Mononofu no Sato
Junmai Ginjo
Dryness: +4
Acidity: 1.4

Clarity: very clear

Colour: Golden tinge

Aroma: light/discreet/Almonds-Plums

Body: light, very easy to drink

Taste: Tingle typical of junmai. Almonds/Plums/Bitter chocolate
light and easy to drink.

Overall: Practically no acidity. Soft, almost sweet. Best drunk on its own. Feminine in cahracter.
Honjozo, Nama

As this is Summer now (in spite of what they call the « Rainy Season ») and it tends to be very hot, I do have to be cautious about my alcohol intake. It is a good time to make a grab at those 300ml bottles one can easily drink up with dinner!

This particular bottle is a « nama honjozo » brewed in February 2007 by Fujinishiki Brewery in Shibakawa Cho.
Rice milled down to 65%.

Clarity: very clear

Colour: very faint tinge of gold

Aroma: Light, ricey

Body: light

Taste: Light, soft and gentle on the palate, easier to drink than you would expect for a nama/unpasteurized sake. Just dry enough. Vanilla/coffee beans/bitter chocolate.

Overall: Light, uncomplicated and easy to drink.
Great for beginners.
Goes well with vegetables and fish.
Could be appreciated as « kan » (warm)
« Honjozo »

It certainly feels extremely pleasant to realize that Shizuoka Prefecture offers a host of great « honjozo » and « junmai », supposedly at the lowest runk of the « premium sake » ladder.
Why not take full advantage of it knowing they are comparatively extravagant!

This particular brew is a honjozo recently produced by Fujinishiki Brewery in Fuji Gun which has been elected the best « ginjo » in Shizuoka Prefecture!

Fujinishiki, Honjozo, rice milled down to 65%

Aroma: sharp, flowers, sakura (cherry blossoms)

Colour: almost transparent, with a very light amber hue

Clarity: perfectly clear

Body: light

Taste: Sakura flowers. First almost sweetish, turning dry in the palate.

Dry but feminine impression. Would make the perfect aperitif.

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