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This particular brew, Okabe Maru by Hatsukame Brewery in Okabe Cho, Shida Gun, has recently become very popular with ladies and has turned into a regular feature at numerous « Saketen »!
I just love the retro label!
This was the first bottle tasted at by the Hamamatsu Geeks on March 21st.
Hatsukame Okabe Maru, Junmai, Homare Fuji
Rice: Homare Fuji (Shizuoka)
Rice milled down to 55% (extravagant!)
Alcohol: 16~17% (high)
Dryness: +2.0 (high for Shizuoka)
Clarity: very clear
Colour: Golden Tinge
Aroma: Fruity, spicy. alcohol. pineapple.
Taste: Fruity with a strong junmai tingle: almonds, chestnuts, pineapple.
Short tail, calls for a second sip. Welcome acidity with second sip.
Bitter choclate appears on the palate.
Overall: A bit extravagant junmai at 55% millage!
Drinks very easily on its own. Probably best appreciated as a classy aperitif.
Goes well with food.
A complex, elegant sake.
Interestingly enough, ladies found it sweetish.