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Watanabe Brewery must be the smallest one in Shizuoka Prefecture. It a father-and-son brewery cum liquor shop business and practically serve their sake only locally. I had to travel all the way to Katahama, Numazu City to acquire three bootles. I was kindly offered the present bottle for my trouble so I made a point to taste it first!
Watanabe Brewery Kasei Bokusui Honnama
Bottled in December 2007
Clarity: very clear
Colour: almost transparent
Aroma: Ricey. Sharp and dry. Dry cherries.
Taste: Unusual taste for a Shizuoka sake. Very dry/Crisp-sharpish/ Almonds/Cherries.
Both sweetness and acidity lingering in mouth
Overall: An old-fashioned sake. Very marked dry taste. Would probably go well with oily/heavy food. Not the usual Shizuoka type sake. Tends to acquire more dryness and acidity along.
Interestingly enough, my wife liked it and made the comment that it would be great with « surume/dried cuttlefish »!