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I was pleasantly to surprised to discover that particular bottle at Isetan Department Store in Shizuoka City, considering that Bandai Brewery sake (Shuzenji, Izu Peninsula) are pretty difficult to find away from their locality and the fact the store named above is simply hopeless when it comes to drinks. Only last month I threatened them to report their mistakes to the Shizuoka Association of Sake Brewers when I found that Morimoto Brewery had been relocated to Kakegawa City. The first person I complained to almost shouted at me that the Brewery had been acquired by someone in Kakegawa City… They found out quickly they had proferred the wrong words to the wrong person!
This said, I still thank them for offering Bandai Brewery sake!
Bandai Izu Ban’yo Junmai Ginjo
Rice: Homare Fuji
Rice milled down to 60%
Yeast: Shizuoka No-2
Bottled in December 2007
Clarity: very clear
Colour: almost transparent
Aroma: Discreet/fleeting. Slighlty sweet. Ricey. Greens.
Taste: Complex. Junmai tingle. Elegant. Light. Greens.
Bitter chocolate and vanilla appear later.
Overall: Elegant. Difficult to define/discern. Goes very well with food.
Would become a real poser at a tasting session.
Drunk it on Christmas with foie gras. Made for a great combination.
Stays soft with a lingering tingle with food.
Happened to also drink with chocolate. Turned very dry and interesting, then.