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Karakkaze/ »Dry Wind » has been one of Hana no Mai Brewery’s flag brews for quite some time.
The brewery has even created a sake lovers’ association of the same name in Hamamatsu City.
Hana No Mai Brewery: Karakkaze « Karakuchi » Ginjo
Rice: Yamada Nishiki (Shizuoka Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 55%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled on January, 10th, 2008
Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Dry. Fruity: Almonds, pineapple
Taste: Dry. Lingering tingle. Alcohol. Fruity: vanilla, almonds, pineapple.
Shortish tail. Warmth lingering in the back of the mouth.
Turns drier with food with more pineapple, almonds and coffee beans making their entrance. Hints of melon/cantaloupe.
Overall: a very dry sake with good character.
Probably best enjoyed with food.
Interesting on its own, especially when lightly chilled