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In 2004, Sogatsuru Brewery in Kakegawa City was in a real danger to disappear as they were officially « on vacation ». luckily, they had not relinquished their license when one of the brothers owning Haginishiki Brewery in Shizuoka City decided to go on his own and acquired the precious license. I said « precious » because it is practically impossible to get a new one from the Japanese Tax Bureau. As I had tasted a bottle of the old Sogatsuru Brewery, thinking it was the last one, I have developed a special fondness for that brewery now called Sogatsuru-Hagi no Kura.
Not only have they revived the Brewery, but they have recently made an extensive use of the appellation « Sagatsuru », too.
Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura Brewery-Ginjo
Rice milled down to 55%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in October 2007
Clarity: very clear
Colour: Light golden tinge
Aroma: Sharp and light at he same time. Fruity: Plum, grapes, kinkan oranges.
Taste: Welcome acidity due to alcohol.
Very feminine in character. Fruity, flowers, oranges
Overall: A sake fit for tasting sessions. Probably best appreciated as aperitif or on its own. Shizuoka type sake. Refined