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Yamahai Sake is not an easy brew to achieve. Since I have developed a taste for it, it is not easy to find any in Shizuoka Prefecture!
Luckily enough, Mr. Nakashima, toji of Yoshiya/Chuumasa Brewery (Shizuoka City) came up with a real beauty which has just arrived on the shelves!
Umi Fune no Yamahai is a Junmai produced with natural lactic acid bacilli to commemorate Meiji History events when a lot of people crossed the seas.
This particular bottle was produced in March 2007.
Rice was milled to 55%
Clarity: very clear
Colour: almost transparent
Aroma: discreet, very light for a yamahai. Summer vegetables/green vegetables
Taste: surprisingly complex, but not overpowering. Edamame/zucchini/summer vegetables/bitter chocolate/loquat/plum
Light welcome acidity. Lingers on the palate as if it wishes to escape.
Dry. Turns sharpish after a few sips.
Turns sweet out of the blue upon eating fruit with it.
Overall: Would make a great aperitif, but can cope with any food. Elegant, adult. Will accompany strong food without undue interference.