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Takashima Brewery in Numazu City has decidedly become one of my favourites as it never ceases to surprise me with its marked individuality and intricacy.
This brew is no exception.
Takashima-Hakuin Masamune Tokubetsu Junmai Nama Genshu
Rice milled down to 55%
Bottled in December 2007
Clarity: very clear
Colour: almost transparent
Aroma: Fruity, pleasant, melon, oranges.
Taste: Complex. Fruity: citrus/melon. Backed later with oranges and a little bitter chocolate and dry cherries.
Dryness lingering in mouth. Takes a back seat with food and actually encourages it. Turns slightly sweet.
Overall: Complex, intriguing, classy.
Solid but gentle taste. Develops into oranges, lemons and citruses inside mouth.
A sake which shouild be drunk for itr sole enjoyment. Calls for another sip. Great with food.
Would compete with any wine!