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We are still very much in the « shinshu/new sake » and it is only a question of time (and drinking capacity) to grab them all one by one!
This one comes from a favourite brewery in Okabe Cho, Hatsukame, whose Toji/Master Brewer hails from the Noto Peninsula, Ishikawa Prefecture.
Hatsukame Shiboritate Ginjo
Rice: Shizuoka Yamada Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 55%
Alcohol: 17~18 degrees
Bottled in December 2007
Clarity: very clear
Colour: Practically transparent
Aroma: very fruity and flowery/Pineapple, green apples
Taste: Surprisingly dry considering its aroma. Very clean taste. Alcohol discernible. Flowers/green apples/liquorice. My wife and girlfriend loved it. It seems that ladies have a weak spot for such dry sake.
Drank well with food.
Overall: Easy to drink. Fruity and flowery in aroma. Surprisingly crisp and dry in taste.
Intricate balance. Classy.
Secret: the « toji » was elected the best Noto Peninsula « toji » by his own peers!