Shizuoka Tasting 11-7: Hatsukame Brewery


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This particular brew by Hatsukame Brewery in Okabe Cho, Shida Gun is put out every year in the first week of March as a very limited edition to be drunk as soon as possible. It is impatiently waited by many local sake fans, izakaya and restaurants.

Hatsukame Shiboritate Namazake Muroka Honjyozo Genshu
(Just pressed, unaltered and unfiltered after alcohol addition)
Alcohol: 17~18 degrees
Rice milled down to 60%
Dryness: +1
Acidity: 1.5
Bottled on March 6th 2008

Clarity: very clear

Colour: Golden tinge

Aroma: fruity, sweet, alcohol, pineapple, apricot

Body: velvety

Taste: Fruity, pineapple, peach, apricot.
Strong alcohol and nama tingle. Welcome acidity with almonds appearing later, especially with food.

Overall: Unusually « sweet » for a Shizuoka Sake.
Can be drunk for its own sake, but goes down very well with food.
Complex, fruity, strong.
Shows many facets with further sips. Could be drunk as a digestif after a meal.
Interestingly enough, the Master Brewerrequests this sake to be drunk within 10 days of its bottling.
Well, I started it March 18th. No problem, whatsoever!

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