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I finally got my hands on a bottle of « seishu/futsushu » (« normal sake » as opposed to premium sake) brewed by Shidaizumi in Fujieda City. If you read the notes below carefully, you will realize why a new classification system is needed for this kind of sake!
Shidaizumi Hiyaoroshi Seishu (normal sake) Genshu (original unadultered brew)
Alcohol content: 18 degrees
Rice: Goyakumangoku (Toyama Prefecture) 20%, Hitomebore (Yamagata Prefecture) 80%
Rice milled down to 65% (!!!!)
Yeast: Shizuoka Kobo NO-2
Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Light, ricey
Taste: Solid. Bitter Chocolate. Welcome acidity
Overall: Quite a surprise. But looking at milling percentage, simply extravagant for « futsushu ». Welcome acidity.
Goes very well with food.
Would be a good sample to refer to as far as a new grading sytem is concerned. Outstanding value for price!