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Unfortunately it was probably the last time I had tasted that extraordinary sake, this time in the company of the Hamamatsu Geeks on March 21st.
Unfortunately again, it also became a (small) bone of contention between Oomuraya Brewery (Shimada City) and my person: The owner told me it was a futsushu/regular sake when I called him on the phone and that the last batch was used to make umeshu as they apparently could not sell it fast enough… But when I met Mr. Hibino, their vice-Master Brewer, he affirmed that it was a honjozo. I have some (little) doubt about all this because last year they had avered it was offered only in 720ml bottles until I proved them it existed in 1.8l. bottles. Obviously, it is one sake that Mr. Hibino is not in a hurry to talk about, even when I told him that foreigners would love to drink it as a « one shot drink »! Pity…
Oomuraya Brewery, Sake Rock
Rice milled down to 70%
Alcohol: 20~21 degrees
Clarity: very clear
Colour: almost transparent
Aroma: Sweet and very fruity/bananas
Taste: Long tail with alcohol tingling back of the palate. Fruity, musky.
Bananas appearing with food. Surprisingly easy to drink in spite of the strong alcohol.
Overall: Australians would call it a « queensland » wine. Women in general seemed to appreciate it and said they could not have imagined the high alcohol contents if I had not told them beforehand. Personally I love it a bit chilled (on a hot evening?). My good friend Matt said he would offer it chilled one-shot style if he were allowed to serve it Down Under!
Problem is that he would have to redesign the label without the fag!