Shizuoka Sake Tasting 11/9: Hatsukame Brewery


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It’s been some time since I tasted a brew from this old favourite brewery of mine, namely Hatsukame Brewery in Okabe Cho.
This bottle will remind Etsuko that she has been wanting to check that « Tortoise »!

Hatsukame Brewery: Ginjo 500

Rice: Yamada Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 50%
Dryness: +3
Acidity: 1.1 (very low)
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Contents: 500ml (hence the name!)
Bottled in March 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Transparent
Aroma: Fruity: almonds, banana. Alcohol
Body: Velvety
Taste: Short tail. Welcome alcohol. Almonds. bitter chocolate, bananas, coffee beans.
Smooth and elegant with alcohol warming up back of the palate.

Overall: Typical Hatsukame Brewery sake.
Refined, elegant, plenty of character.
Great on its own and with food.
Could replace any wine!

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